Coal Education Grant Applications Now Available

The Energy and Environment Cabinet is now accepting grant proposals for projects that provide public education on coal energy and coal related issues.

Applicants who are Kentucky non-profit organizations or public or private post-secondary educational institutions having qualifications and experience in successfully conducting such programs are eligible to apply.

The cabinet is seeking programs that provide public education of coal-related issues, particularly proposals that focus on the importance of the future of coal and coal resources in Kentucky.

“We are encouraging a broad range of innovative organizations to apply,” said Rick Bender, EEC Executive Advisor. “This grant program is an opportunity to educate citizens about coal and coal-related topics that are relevant to Kentucky.”

Applicants may include one or more of the following topics:

  • Coal education programs, materials and/or events directed toward education and awareness focusing on the future of coal.
  • Projects that advance in-depth understanding of coal operations, clean coal technologies, electricity production, and coal use and emission issues; as well as foster interest in the pursuit of energy-related science and economic careers at the post-secondary level.
  • Projects that provide education based on an evaluation and analysis of Kentucky’s coal fired generation as it relates to the reliability and affordability of the power grid.

The Coal Education Grant application and supporting documents are available on the EEC website, at

Grant funding comes from a portion of the un-mined minerals tax collected each year for the purpose of public education of coal-related issues, per Kentucky Revised Statutes 132.020(5).

Applications must be received by 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time, on May 14, 2018, at the Energy and Environment Cabinet in Frankfort. The application and supporting documentation must be submitted in order for the application to be considered.  Applications can be mailed to Susie Paul, Energy and Environment Cabinet, 300 Sower Boulevard, Frankfort, Ky. 40601.