Abandoned Mine Land (AML) funding from the 2021 Bipartisan Infrastructure Law grants approximately $11 billion over a 15-year period to address coal-related AML problems. States and tribes may use BIL AML grants to address coal AML problems, including hazards, such as acid mine drainage resulting from legacy coal mining, water supply restoration, and coal-related AML emergencies.

Eligible Uses

This funding may only be spent on coal reclamation projects, such as:

  • Priority Projects: projects that protect or restore public health and safety from the effects of coal mining practices, including restoring adjacent land and water resources and the environment.
  • Water Supply Restoration Projects: protect, repair, replace, construct, or enhance facilities relating to water supply, including water distribution facilities and treatment plants, to replace water supplies adversely affected by coal mining practices.
  • AML Emergency Projects: Emergency projects that restore, reclaim, abate, control, or prevent adverse effects of coal mining practices.

Eligible Recipients

State and tribal governments are eligible recipients except for Nevada, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Hawai’i, Florida, South Carolina, New Jersey, Delaware, New York, Connecticut, and Maine.

Approx Annual Funding Amount

The program is funded at $725 million for 15 years, totaling to roughly $11.3 billion dollars of BIL funding.

Cost Share Requirements

No cost-share or matching is required.

Application Cycle

Abandoned Mine Reclamation Fund grants are awarded to eligible State and Tribal Abandoned Mine Land Programs on an annual basis and funds are generally distributed at the end of the 3rd Quarter.


Other Info

This program is covered under the Justice40 Initiative.