AML Pilot Program

The Office of Abandoned Mine Lands and Reclamation (AML) administers federal funding for economic development projects on abandoned mine lands through its Pilot Program. This program helps projects located on or adjacent to mine sites that ceased operations prior to the signing of the Surface Mine Control and Reclamation Act (SMCRA) on Aug. 3, 1977.

While the AML is ultimately responsible for determining which projects receive funding, we work with an advisory committee comprised of representatives from the State Departments of Commerce, and Transportation, as well as the Governor's Office. All projects must also be approved by the U.S. Department of the Interior's Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation, and Enforcement (OSMRE).

Since 2016, the AML Pilot Program has disbursed $105 million in grant funding to assist projects all across the West Virginia coalfields.

Applications for the 2020 round of grant funding are available here. Completed applications are due by July 31, 2020.

Application tips and guidelines:
  • Please utilize the space provided in the application, and not state “see attachments” for every response.  There is adequate space for summaries within the application form.  This makes the review process more efficient, as it places key information where we need it.
  • Identify an AML Problem Area (PAD) which is on, or immediately adjacent to, your proposed project area.
  • Provide a clear, concise project description, and detailed budget.
  • Please keep the application package to a reasonable size.  It’s good to have support documentation, detailed reports, etc., but those can be requested later if needed.  For the initial application, we only need a description of the project scope, a map of the project area, budget detailing grant expenditures (list any additional funding sources), and how it will provide an economic boost to the community.  Please feel free to include attachments to your application, but don’t feel that a 200 page application is necessary.

Guidance Documents

Other helpful links:

National AML Inventory (e-AMLIS)

Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) – Abandoned Mine Lands

WVDEP Mine Data Explorer

WV AML Inventory Map


For more information, please contact:
Travis Parsons, Planning Administrator
WVDEP - Office of Abandoned Mine Lands and Reclamation
Ph: 304-414-1185