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Grants to USA Agencies and IHEs to Improve Health and Safety Conditions in Mining Operations

Mine Health and Safety State Grants


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Funding Source
U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)
CFDA Number: 17.600
Funding or PIN Number: MSHA-2023-1
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);

Important Dates
Deadline: 06/12/23 11:59 PM EDST Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA and territories local and state government agencies, institutions of higher education, and territorial and tribal governments to improve health and safety conditions in mining operations. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete.

The Secretary of Labor, through MSHA, may award grants to state, tribal, and territorial governments (including the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands) to assist them in developing and enforcing state mining laws and regulations, improve state workers’ compensation and mining occupational disease laws and programs, and improve safety and health conditions in the nation’s mines through Federal-State coordination and cooperation.

MSHA recognizes that state training programs are a key source of mine safety and health training and education for individuals who work or will work at mines. MSHA encourages state training programs to prioritize health and safety training for small mining operations and underserved mines and miners within the mining industry and to prioritize diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. MSHA is also interested in supporting programs that emphasize training on miners’ statutory rights, including the right to be provided a safe and healthy working environment, to refuse an unsafe task, and to have a voice in the safety and health conditions at the mine. The Agency encourages grantees to address, in their training and education programs, occupational health hazards cause by exposures to respirable dust and crystalline silica, powered haulage and mobile equipment safety, mine emergency preparedness, mine rescue, electrical safety, contract and customer truck drivers, improving training for new and inexperienced miners, managers and supervisors performing mining tasks, pillar safety for underground mines, and falls from heights. 

Grant funds may be spent on conducting training and outreach, developing educational materials, recruiting activities (to increase the number of participants in the program), and on necessary expenses to support these activities to improve safety and health conditions in the nation’s mines. Grant funds also may be spent on equipment and other resources permitted under section 503 of the Mine Act to assist grantees with their training programs, in developing and enforcing state’s mining laws and regulations, and in improving state workers’ compensation and mining occupational disease laws and programs. Under 2 C.F.R. § 200.439, capital expenditures for special purpose equipment are allowable as direct costs, provided that prior written approval is obtained from MSHA for items with a unit cost of $5,000 or more.

In addition to the training courses conducted for the mining industry, the funds may be used to provide other assistance to the mining industry. Other assistance may include, but is not limited to, conducting compliance assistance visits, assistance in preparing training plans, conducting inspections of mines, conducting informational workshops which target one or more particular groups of mining operations in the state's mining industry, or other activities that would improve the safety and health of miners.


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Under section 503(a) of the Mine Act, any state in which mining takes place may apply for a grant. Under this grant program, the Governor must designate who will apply for the grant on behalf of the state. The applicant may be a state or local government agency or other state supported or local government-supported institution of higher education, and tribal or territorial government and tribal- or territorial-supported institution of higher education.

The government generally is prohibited from providing direct Federal financial assistance for inherently religious activities. See 29 C.F.R. Part 2, Subpart D. Grants under this solicitation may not be used for religious instruction, worship, prayer, proselytizing, or other inherently religious activities. Neutral, non-religious criteria that neither favor nor disfavor religion will be employed in the selection of grantees and must be employed by grantees in the selection of contractors and subcontractors

Pre-Application Information
The closing date for receipt of applications under this Announcement is Monday June 12th, 2023. MSHA must receive applications via no later than 11:59 p.m. EDST on June 12th, 2023.

Applicants must register with SAM before submitting an application. Find instructions for registering with SAM at Submitted registrations will take at least 10 business days to process, after which the applicant will receive an email notice that the registration is active. Once the registration is active in SAM, it takes additional time for the registration to be active in

Under section 503(g) of the Mine Act, MSHA may fund up to 80 percent of the activities under a state’s grant program. The state must provide matching funds of no less than 20 percent of the total program costs. MSHA encourages grantees to use cash funding, rather than in-kind contributions, to meet their matching requirements.

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Term of Contract
The application should include the performance period of 12 months starting October 1, 2022 and ending September 30, 2023.

Contact Information
Program Office:

Elif Evrim Polat
Grants Management Specialist
Educational Policy and Development
Mine Safety and Health Administration
U.S. Department of Labor
201 12th Street South, Suite 401
Arlington, Virginia 22202
(202) 693-9570
(202) 693-9571 (FAX)

Carolyn T. Wilson
Deputy Director
Educational Policy and Development
Mine Safety and Health Administration
U.S. Department of Labor
201 12th Street South, Suite 4E401
Arlington, Virginia 22202
(202) 693-9564
(202) 693-9571 (FAX)

Grants Office:

Nancy E. Sloanhoffer
Grant Officer
Office of Compliance Review
Directorate of Administration and Management
Mine Safety and Health Administration
201 12th Street South, Suite 4E401
Arlington, VA 22202
Phone: 202-693-9880

Questions relating to the registration process, system requirements, or the submittal process must be directed to by email at

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