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Abandoned Mine Drainage Abatement and Treatment Program (AMDATP)

Grants to Pennsylvania Nonprofits, For-Profits,
Agencies, and IHEs for Abandoned Mine Remediation

Agency Type:

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Funding Source:

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Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED)

Deadline Date:

07/31/20

Description:

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Grants to Pennsylvania local governments, nonprofit and for-profit organizations, IHEs, and watershed organizations for the treatment, abatement, and drainage of abandoned mines throughout the state. Funding is intended to support land reclamation, construction and remediation, repair of existing project sites, operations and maintenance costs, water quality monitoring, and oil and gas well development.

Eligible Projects: 

  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.

Funds may be used 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#:

GrantWatch ID#: 142692

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants shall not exceed $1,000,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility:
- Municipalities
- Councils of Governments
- Authorized Organization
- Institution of Higher Education
- Watershed Organization
- For-Profit Businesses

For additional eligibility information, see: https://dced.pa.gov/download/abandoned-mine-drainage-abatement-guidelines/?wpdmdl=81369#page=4

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.

Pre-Application Information:

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the Commonwealth Financing Authority has extended the deadline for Act 13 submissions to July 31, 2020.

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.

The Commonwealth Financing Authority charges a $100 non-refundable application fee for Abandoned Mine Drainage Abatement and Treatment Program applications.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online: https://www.esa.dced.state.pa.us/Login.aspx

For technical inquiries regarding the submission of the online application, contact the Customer Service Center at (800) 379-7448 or (717) 787-3405.

Program inquiries should be directed to:
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
ra-dcedsitedvpt@pa.gov

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