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MSHA awards $1,000,000 in Brookwood-Sago mine safety grants

The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration awarded $1,000,000 in grants through its Brookwood-Sago program to seven organizations that provide education and training within the mining industry. The funding will be used to develop and implement training and related materials for mine emergency preparedness, as well as for the prevention of accidents in underground mines.

The Brookwood-Sago Grants Program was established by the Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response Act of 2006.  It was named in remembrance of 13 men who died in two explosions at the Jim Walter Resources Inc.’s No. 5 Mine in Brookwood, Alabama, in 2001 and 12 men who died in an explosion at Wolf Run Mining Company’s Sago Mine in Tallmansville, West Virginia in 2006.  The funds are used to develop and implement training and related materials for mine emergency preparedness as well as for the prevention of accidents in underground mines.

Recipients of this award for FY 15

Applications for grants under this competition must be submitted electronically using the government-wide site at If applying online poses a hardship to any applicant, the MSHA Directorate of Educational Policy and Development will provide assistance to help applicants submit their applications online.

All grantees, including faith-based organizations, will be subject to applicable Federal laws and regulations (including provisions of appropriations law) and applicable Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circulars. The grant(s) awarded under this competitive grant program will be subject to the following administrative standards and provisions, if applicable:

  • 29 CFR part 2, subpart D, Equal Treatment for Religious Organizations.

  • 29 CFR parts 31, 32, 33, 34 and 37, Nondiscrimination.

  • 29 CFR part 93, Restrictions on Lobbying.

  • 29 CFR part 94, Drug-free workplace

  • 29 CFR part 95, Uniform Grant Requirements for Nonprofit organizations.

  • 29 CFR parts 96, Audits.

  • 29 CFR part 97, Uniform Grant Requirements for States.

  • 29 CFR part 98, Debarment and suspension.

  • 2 CFR part 220, Cost Principles for Educational Institutions.

  • 2 CFR part 225, Cost Principles for State and Local Governments.

  • 2 CFR part 230, Cost Principles for Other Nonprofit Organizations.
  • Applicants, for coordination with States, please use this link.

    More Resources

  • FedReg 2014-10532 - Brookwood-Sago Mine Safety Grants

  • Q. MSHA received the following question regarding the 15% restriction on indirect costs associated with the Brookwood-Sago solicitation for grant applications (SGA). According to the uniform cost principles at 2 C.F.R. 200.414(c)(1), negotiated indirect cost rate agreements must be accepted by all Federal awarding agencies unless a deviation policy is announced. Therefore, is there a special class or statute that applies to the Brookwood-Sago SGA and what is the reason for the deviation from allowing us to use our negotiated rate?

    A. MSHA accepts negotiated indirect cost rate agreements for its Brookwood-Sago grants and does not deviate from 2 C.F.R. 200.414(c)(1). This means that an entity may incur indirect costs up to the limit of its agreement. However, as stated in the SGA, the MSHA grant funds will pay for only 15% of indirect costs incurred to allow more grant money to be spent on education and training programs that directly fulfill the purpose of the Brookwood-Sago grants program.

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