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Division of Abandoned Mine Lands

The 2018 Pilot Program is closed and no longer accepting applications

The Division of Abandoned Mine Lands accepted applications until December 19, 2018. For more information or questions, please contact Bob Scott by e-mail at or by mail at KY Division of Abandoned Mine Lands, 300 Sower Blvd., Frankfort, KY 40601.

The purpose of this guidance document is to provide State/Tribal AML Programs with general criteria by which potential projects will be evaluated for eligibility and successful selection. This guidance is intended to ensure that projects meet the economic and community development nexus criteria, as the current AML program does not require such criteria. As such, the AML Pilot Program offers a non traditional approach to the reclamation of impacted mine lands. A uniform approach is not expected in every State/Tribe; however, this guidance is intended to assist States/Tribes in their selection of projects.

State/Tribal AML Programs are encouraged to collaborate with their respective State/Tribal and local economic development authorities and local communities to identify potential projects and apply funds from the AML Pilot to projects that will offer the greatest benefits for communities. The AML Pilot offers States, Tribes, and local communities flexibility in deciding which projects offer the greatest opportunities within their communities.

Previous Recipients of AML Pilot Program Grants

eKAMI - eKentucky Advanced Manufacturing Institute
Johnson County - $2.5 Million Grant
Computer Numeric Controlled (CNC) skills training program for up to 100 students per year to be certified by the National Institute of Metalworking Skills for CNC Machinists with HAAS Automation Inc.

Appalachian Wildlife Center
Bell County - $12.5 Million Grant
Estimated $32 Million in total investment
Create a wildlife viewing area with elk as the primary attraction, with a visitor and learning center located on a 12,000 acre tract of land.

Kentucky Enterprise Park - Spec Building
Pike County - $5 million Grant
Construction of a 60,000 square foot spec building at the Pikeville Industrial Park, with the intent to demonstrate what the park has to offer to potential businesses and act as a cornerstone for development. The building found a tenant prior to construction.  SilverLiner, manufacturer of custom tanker trucks will occupy the site immediately upon completion.