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Abandoned Mine Land Economic Revitalization (AMLER) Program

Federal Agency


Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement


To explore and implement strategies that return legacy coal mining sites to productive uses through economic and community development. The AMLER Program supports local investment opportunities that provide for sustainable long-term rehabilitation of coalfield economies.

Applicant and/or Project Eligibility Requirements

States and federally recognized Indian Tribes with approved reclamation plans under section 405 of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA) to accelerate the remediation of abandoned mine land (AML) sites with economic and community development end uses.

Decarbonization Considerations

Equity Considerations

Reclamation projects must also include an economic and community development nexus. This can be demonstrated either in a project that incorporates economic and community development in the project itself or in a reclamation project that creates conditions for future economic and community development that occurs post-reclamation. Economic development can be measured in jobs created, businesses created or served, communities served, and more.

Helpful Tips

State and Tribal programs encourage applicants to leverage other public and private resources or to provide in-kind contributions, to demonstrate project viability and broader stakeholder buy-in. For example: AMLER $ + Private $; AMLER $ + AML $; AMLER $ + Bipartisan Infrastructure Law AML $; AMLER $ + ARC $; AMLER $ + EDA $; AMLER $ + USDA $

Other Notes

Deadline (Announced or Anticipated)

Funding is allocated by Congress in the annual appropriations law. Contact your state or tribal AML program for deadlines.

Funding Available


Max Award Amount


Expected Allocations

Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia are each allocated $29.347 million; Alabama, Ohio, and Virginia are each allocated $11.739 million; while the Navajo Nation, Hopi Tribe, and Crow Tribe are each allocated $3.913 million.

Average Award (Estimated)


Matching Funds

Not required

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