Grants to support underserved mines, miners
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced that its Mine Safety and Health Administration is making $10.5 million grant funding available to help provide mine safety training for the nation’s miners.
MSHA will award these grants as part of its fiscal year 2023 State Grants program to fund the delivery of federally mandated training and re-training for miners working at surface and underground coal and metal and nonmetal mines.
State, tribal, and territorial governments are eligible recipients in the agency’s State Grants Program. MSHA may fund up to 80 percent of the program costs under a state grant, with the recipient required to provide at least 20 percent of the total program costs.
MSHA recognizes state training programs are a key source of the mine safety and health training and education. The agency encourages state programs to use grants to make training a priority for small mining operations and underserved mines and miners, such as miners employed in shell dredging and surface stone, sand, and gravel mines. The agency also emphasizes training on miners’ statutory rights under the Mine Safety and Health Act.
Grant applications must be submitted by June 12, 2023, and grants will be awarded on or before Sept. 30, 2023.