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Division of Mined Land Reclamation

Abandoned Mine Land Pilot Funding Program for Economic Development

The Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) was one of the states chosen to receive $10 million to develop Abandoned Mine Land (AML) sites. The grant comes from the Power Plus Pilot Program which was part of the federal Omnibus Funding Bill passed in May 2017. Projects completed with the funds will not only be designed to boost the economy of southwest Virginia’s coalfields but will also improve the environment.

Below is the form and information needed for anyone interested in proposing an economic development project to the Advisory Group for approval. Projects must meet the Office of Surface Mining’s Project Guidance. The deadline for submittal is September 30, 2017. Completed proposals should be mailed to

Economic Development Project Proposal Form (downloadable .doc)

Office of Surface Mining’s Project Guidance (downloadable .pdf)

DMME Grant Announcement

DMME Advisory Group Announcement