2019 AML Pilot Program
The 2019 AML Pilot Program is now closed and will no longer be accepting applications.
For more information or questions, please contact Bob Scott at 502-782-6761
or by mail at: KY Division of Abandoned Mine Lands, 300 Sower Blvd., Frankfort, KY 40601.
The application period ended June 21st 2019.
GUIDELINES FOR PROJECT ELIGIBILITY UNDER THE ABANDONED MINE LAND RECLAMATION ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PILOT PROGRAM FOR
FISCAL YEAR 2018
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.Guidelines for the FY 2018 Pilot grants on OSMRE's website (https://www.osmre.gov/)
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.
ABANDONED MINE LANDS ECONOMIC AND
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PILOT PROGRAM
In the Omnibus Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2016 signed by
President Obama, three Appalachian States were designated to receive $30
million dollars per state as part of a Pilot Project for economic
revitalization. These supplemental grants for Pennsylvania, West
Virginia and Kentucky are for reclamation of AML sites in conjunction
with economic and community development and reuse goals.
• In the
Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017 signed by President Trump, the
three original Pilot Program Appalachian States (Pennsylvania, West
Virginia and Kentucky) were designated to receive an additional $25
million dollars per state. Three additional states (Alabama, Ohio, and
Virginia) received $10 million per state.
• All funding for the
two years of pilot program grants was appropriated from the federal
General Fund. No AML funds were utilized for the granted amounts.
AML’s role in the Pilot Program includes:
• Implementation and distribution of the Economic and Community Development grants
• Facilitation of potential grantees through the State application process
• Selection of viable proposals from the submitted applications and review for adherence to the program guidelines
• Provision of oversight for selected projects after approval
Previous Recipients of
AML Pilot Program GrantseKAMI - eKentucky Advanced Manufacturing Institute
Johnson County - $2.5 Million Grant
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
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
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. Impact Outdoor Adventures
Clay County - $500,000 Grant
on development of an outdoor adventure park for camping, mountain
bikes, archery center and equine center. Adjoins 15 miles of existing
trails on a 47 acre tract donated by the Clay County Industrial Board.