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Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Awards

US Department of the Interior: Office of Surface Mining (OSM)

Grant amount: US $110,000 - US $43,000,000

Deadline: May 30, 2018

Applicant type: Government Entity Indigenous Group

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: United States

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Abandoned Mine Land (AML) Grants

OSMRE first recognized outstanding abandoned mine land reclamation and exemplary reclamation techniques in 1992, when it started the annual Abandoned Mine Land (AML) Reclamation Awards Program. The program mirrors one of the objectives of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 to ensure that land mined for coal would be restored to beneficial use as part of the mining process, and that lands abandoned without reclamation prior to the law would be reclaimed.

Award Winners

OSMRE has traditionally given five awards:
  • One national award
  • One national award for small projects (restricted to projects receiving less than $1 million in a state or tribe that receives less than $6 million annually in AML funding)
  • One award in each of OSMRE’s three regions

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • AML projects funded wholly or in part and completed by approved state or tribal programs are eligible for an award, including coal, non-coal, high-priority, and emergency projects
  • One project may be submitted by each state or tribal program each year.


  • Priorities are given to sites involving protection of public health, safety, property and restoration of adjacent degraded land and water resources.


  • Abandoned mine reclamation completed by citizen groups or other non-state/nontribal organizations are not eligible for these awards