Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development
Grants to Pennsylvania local governments, nonprofit organizations, IHEs, for-profit businesses, and watershed organizations for the treatment, abatement, and drainage of abandoned mines throughout the state. Eligible requests may include but are not limited to land reclamation, construction and remediation, repair of existing project sites, operations and maintenance costs, water quality monitoring, and oil and gas well development.
Statement of Purpose:
Act 13 of 2012 establishes the Marcellus Legacy Fund and allocates funds to the Commonwealth Financing Authority (the “Authority”) for abandoned mine drainage, abatement, and treatment. Abandoned Mine Drainage (AMD) is one of the largest sources of stream impairment in Pennsylvania. Billions of gallons of AMD impair over 5,500 miles of streams within the commonwealth. The overall goal of the AMD Abatement and Treatment Program (AMDATP) is to restore and maintain restored stream reaches impaired by AMD and, ultimately, to remove these streams from the Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP’s) Impaired Waters list. This may be accomplished by reclamation of abandoned mine lands to abate AMD and by treating AMD, either passively or actively. Another important goal of this program is to encourage the use of treated AMD for deep well hydrologic fracturing for oil and gas development.
The primary focus of these grants is abatement of AMD and/or treatment of AMD through treatment facility system construction. Grants may also be awarded for treatment system repair, upgrade or operation and maintenance of existing passive and active treatment systems. Priority will be given to projects that treat AMD for use in oil and gas drilling operations.
1. Abandoned Mine Land (AML) reclamation projects that will result in abatement and/or reduction of AMD.
2. Construction of a new AMD remediation project. This would include passive treatment systems but may also support the construction of select small scale active treatment systems justified as being cost effective and practical over the long term for the given situation.
3. Repair of existing AMD remediation project sites.
4. Operations and Maintenance costs associated with maintaining a currently operating AMD remediation project and the establishment of a trust fund to ensure ongoing maintenance is achieved.
5. Monitoring of water quality to track, or continue to track nonpoint source (NPS) load reductions resulting from AMD remediation projects.
6. Projects that use AMD for oil and gas well development.
7. Projects that utilize new technology or research methods to study or design new treatment measures to abate and/or reduce AMD
Eligible Use of Funds:
Funds may be used by the applicant to pay for any of the following project costs:
1. Acquisition of land, rights-of-way and easements necessary to construct an eligible project.
2. Construction, improvement, expansion, repair, or rehabilitation of new or existing AMD remediation sites. Construction contingencies are limited to 5% of the actual construction costs.
3. For construction projects, no more than 10% of the grant award may be used for engineering and construction oversight, inspection and performance monitoring costs (final engineer drawings, along with permit approvals detailing the work planned to be done for the project).
4. In-stream monitoring to assess stream restoration status.
5. Operating and Maintenance costs for active or semi-active systems. In addition, up to 65% of the grant award may be used to establish trust funds for operations and maintenance. Trust funds may be established for a period of no more than 20 years.
6. Costs to secure land acquisition and right of ways.
7. Administrative costs of the applicant necessary to administer the grant. Administrative costs will include advertising, legal, and audit costs as well as documented staff expenses. Administrative costs shall not exceed 2% of the grant.
GrantWatch ID#: 142692
Grants shall not exceed $1,000,000.
Any of the following entities may apply for a grant under the Abandoned Mine Drainage, Abatement and Treatment Program (AMDATP):
1. Municipality – Any county, city, borough, incorporated town, township or home rule municipality.
2. Councils of Governments – An entity organized by units of local government under an intergovernmental agreement, which provides cooperative planning, coordination and technical assistance to its member governments on issues of mutual concern that cross jurisdictional lines, and which does not act under the direction and control of any single member government.
3. Authorized Organization – An entity involved in research, restoration, rehabilitation, planning, acquisition, development, education or other activities, which furthers the protection, enhancement, conservation, preservation or enjoyment of this commonwealth's environmental, conservation, recreation or similar resources. The organization must be a tax-exempt institution under section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (Public Law 99-514, 26 U.S.C. § 501(c) (3)) and registered with the Bureau of Charitable Organizations or an educational institution involved in these authorized activities or a municipal authority.
4. Institution of Higher Education – An entity that is an accredited university, college, seminary college, community college or two-year college.
5. Watershed Organization – An entity recognized by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources or the Department of Environmental Protection that was established to promote local watershed conservation efforts in an identified watershed.
6. For Profit Businesses – other than “producers” of natural gas as defined in Act 13.
Ineligible costs include but are not limited to public relations, outreach, communications, lobbying, litigation, fees for securing other financing, interest on borrowed funds, application preparation fees and other costs incurred prior to the approval of grant funds.
A 15% cash match of the total project cost or cash equivalents for the appraised value of real estate is required. Eligible match contributions will be permitted for up to one year prior to the grant submittal deadline date through the life of the grant agreement as long as the eligible match expenditures are directly related to the project. If using the value of real estate as match, an appraisal not older than 1 year will be required. Match commitment documentation is required to be provided along with the application
Applications will be accepted between February 1st and May 31st of each year. All applications and required supplemental information must be received by May 31st.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
PA Department of Community and Economic Development
Office of Business Financing – CFA Programs Division
AMD Abatement and Treatment Program
Commonwealth Keystone Building
400 North Street, 4th Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17120-0225
P: (717) 787-6245
F: (717) 772-3581