Is your community near abandoned mine lands that you’d like to reclaim for economic or recreational purposes?

Apply for a Reclaiming Appalachia Coalition mini-grant that will help you turn viable land reuse concepts into a fundable project. The grants range from $3,500-$12,000, and applications are due May 21.

“The projects selected for the mini-grant program are community-driven, place-appropriate forms of economic development that embrace the rapidly evolving economic and social conditions of our region,” said Joey James, Principal at Downstream Strategies, of the 2020 mini-grant recipients.

The Reclaiming Appalachia Coalition is a collaboration of organizations, focused on sustainable development, in Central Appalachia, including Rural Action, Appalachian Voices in Virginia, and Appalachian Coalfield Development Corporation in West Virginia — and regional technical expert, Downstream Strategies. The coalition works with community partnerships, organizations, and local governments to help identify, develop, fund, and implement innovative, community-focused reclamation projects that create jobs.

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