The agency said June 29 that the funds will be available to both public and private nonprofit groups for training or training materials that support mine rescue and emergency preparedness.

Interested parties may submit their applications electronically to by August 29. MSHA will evaluate the submissions and award individual grants of between $25,000 and $50,000.

The agency has also offered assistance with online applications as needed.

The grant program was established under a Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response Act of 2006 provision; it was formed to honor 13 workers killed at Jim Walter Resources No. 5 Alabama in 2001 and 12 men plus one survivor at the Sago mine in West Virginia in 2006.