MSHA Offers $10.5 Million in Grants to Support Mine Safety Training Programs

MSHA Offers $10.5 Million in Grants to Support Mine Safety Training Programs

The deadline to submit applications for these MSHA grants is August 20, 2024.

The U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has made $10.5 million in grant funding available to support mine safety training nationwide. These funds, part of the fiscal year 2024 State Grants program, aim to enhance training and re-training for miners working in both surface and underground coal, metal and nonmetal mines.

“The State Grants program is one way that MSHA can focus on protecting the health and safety of miners across the country,” MSHA Assistant Secretary of Labor said in a statement. “That training needs to include educating miners about the hazards associated with silica and how they can exercise their rights to minimize their risks.”

State, tribal and territorial governments are all eligible to apply. MSHA will cover up to 80 percent of the program costs, though recipients must contribute at least 20 percent. MSHA encourages state programs to prioritize training for small mining operations and underserved groups, including miners in shell dredging and surface stone, sand and gravel mines. 

Grant applications must be submitted by August 20, 2024, with awards announced by September 30, 2024. More information on this grant opportunity is available online.

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