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2021 Pilot Grant Workshops

AML and Local Area Development Districts will be hosting virtual workshops for the 2021 AML Pilot Program Grant. It is not mandatory for applicants to attend but it is strongly encouraged.

The Kentucky Division of Abandoned Mine Lands facilitates the distribution of federally funded AML Pilot Grants. These grants are geared toward economic and community development with correlations to historic, AML eligible, mine sites.

Pilot Program Grant Project List

Pilot Program Grant Process

Pilot Program Terms

KY AML Pilot Projects - Map

Previous Recipients of
AML Pilot Program Grants

USA Drone Port
Perry/Knott Counties - $1.5 Million Grant
USA Drone Port, National Unmanned Robotics Research and Development Center, located in the beautiful mountains of Eastern Kentucky has G airspace provides research and development opportunities for small and large business, secondary and post-secondary education, and government entities.

Big South Fork Scenic Railway
McCreary County - $1.1 Million Grant
Estimated $32 Million in total investment
We operate on seven miles of historic track once owned by K&T Railway. Enjoy wide open vistas, roaring rivers, and the history and charm of Appalachia, as we transport you back in time to our halfway point- the Barthell Coal Camp, the sight of the Stearns Company’s Mines 1 and 2, and, today, privately owned and renovated by the Koger Family.

EastPark - Industrial Park
Boyd/Greenup County - $4 million Grant
EastPark provides land that is primed for development, with infrastructure in place to meet small business and large industrial demands.


Rush Off-Road
Boyd County - $4 Million Grant
Rush Off-Road is a 7000 acre tract of land with more than 100 miles of trails.  Our mission is to provide a Fun, Safe, and Friendly off roading experience, accessible to all off road enthusiasts.

Construction on old mine site

Reclamation work on refuse pile

Slide Repair

Refuse pile reclamation

Abandoned building

Abandoned Structures