Safety and Health Grants

To provide mine safety and health training and education to miners, mine operators, and other individuals who may work at a mine; and to develop training and other programs (to include research and equipment development) to improve health and safety conditions at mines.

Agency - Department of Labor

The Department of Labor fosters and promotes the welfare of job seekers, wage earners and retirees by improving their working conditions, advancing their opportunities, protecting their retirement and health benefits and generally protecting worker rights and monitoring national economic measures.

Website Address


Program Accomplishments

For FY 2008, the estimate is one training and education grant will be awarded.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Grants are restricted to the use, services, mine type, or any other priority that MSHA has designated or is mandated by its legislation.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Any mining State of the United States, non-profit public and private organizations, commercial entity, or the legislatively mandated entity.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Individuals employed in workplaces covered by the Mine Act, as amended by Miner Act that receive training and/or educational services and owners and employers covered by the Mine Act receiving the benefits of the health and safety project under these grants.


All applicants must produce the required documents for the grant, including any expertise requested. All applicants that are non-profits must show non-profit status. If MSHA issues a solicitation for grant application (SGA), applicants must produce all items as requested in the SGA.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

No preapplication is required.

This program is excluded from coverage under Executive Order 12372.

Application Procedures

Application instructions are distributed by MSHA. The standard application forms furnished by the Federal agency and required by the applicable OMB Circular must be used for this program. Completed applications are returned to MSHA as noted in the application.

Award Procedures

Final award decisions are made by the Assistant Secretary. Notification will be made by the Office responsible for monitoring performance.


Application deadlines, if established, are announced annually in a Federal Register Notice announcing the availability of funds for new grants. Contact Headquarters listed below for application deadlines.


Federal Mine Safety and Health Amendments Act of 1977 (Mine Act), as amended, Public Law 109-236, Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response Act of 2006 (MINER Act) and 30 U.S.C. Section 962 and any other authority.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 3 to 5 months.




Primarily, grants are awarded for 12 months and may be renewed for an additional 12 months. In certain circumstances, MSHA may award grants up to a three-year performance period with a one-year renewal.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Matching is not required.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grants are awarded for 12 months. Grantees receive funds through the Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration, Educational Policy and Development.

Post Assistance Requirements


Program and fiscal reports are required quarterly.


OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised June 27, 2003), Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-profits Organizations, requires nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards in a year will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.


Records must be retained for 3 years following grant closeout or final audit, whichever is later.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Grants) FY 07 est not available; FY 08 $2,200,000; and FY 09 $2,200,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

From $10,000 to, $2,200,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

29 CFR Parts 31, 32, 33, 35, 36, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, and 99; OMB Circulars A-21, A-110 and A-122.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Jeffrey A. Duncan, Director, Educational Policy and Development, Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration, 1100 Wilson Boulevard, Room 2100 Arlington, VA 22219-3939. Telephone: (202) 693-9572. Robert Glatter, Administrative Officer and Outreach Manager, Mine Safety and Health Administration, Department of Labor, 1100 Wilson Boulevard, Room 2103, Arlington, VA 22219-3939. Telephone: (202) 693-9575. Linda Zeiler, Deputy Director, Technical Support, Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration, 1100 Wilson Boulevard, Room 2330, Arlington, VA 22219-3939. Telephone: (202) 693-9478. C. Bryan Don, Management Officer, Mine Safety and Health Administration, Department of Labor, 1100 Wilson Boulevard, Room 2365, Arlington, VA 22219-3939. Telephone: (202) 693-9477.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Criteria are contained in the Federal Register Notice soliciting applications, if applicable.

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