Abandoned Mine Land Economic Revitalization (AMLER) Program Grant Funding Opportunity—Request for Proposals (RFP)

06 June 2022

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Mineral Resources Management (DMRM) is requesting proposals in order to sub-grant AMLER funds received from the federal Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE). Abandoned mine lands (AML) are sites that were mined for coal prior to 1977. 

Project sites eligible include unreclaimed, previously reclaimed, or lands adjacent to abandoned coal mine lands or polluted waters or communities impacted by historic coal production. Locations of abandoned mines can be found at https://gis.ohiodnr.gov/MapViewer/?config=OhioMines

Projects must provide for economic growth and/or community development and follow the guidelines set forth in in OSMRE’s AMLER Guidance Document (attached).  Up to $17 million total is available for program and although there is no cap on funding requests, the average award is expected to be between $1 - $3 million. 

Important Information

•                Up to $17 million total is available for grants

•                Letters of Intent are due by July 15th, 2022 to AMLER@dnr.ohio.gov

•                Application due date is September 16th, 2022.

•                There is no cap on funding requests

•                Anticipated start date for projects is January 2023.

•                Successful applicants will have up to 3 years to complete the AMLER funded portion of the project.

Project funding requests should include:

•               Completed application form (electronic submissions only please)   

•               Attachments including:

•              Site photos

•              Map showing project location and conceptual project work limits

•              Letters of support from partners, community members and local leaders

•              Preliminary project designs/plans (if available)

For more information please visit the ODNR website and contact Kathy Zook at kzook@eastgatecog.org with any questions.