FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Officials said economic development projects in 10 eastern Kentucky counties will split more than $9 million in funding from the Abandoned Mine Land Economic Revitalization Program.

Funding for the projects was announced Monday by Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear and U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers.

Beshear said in a statement that the projects will help support local communities and spur economic growth in Martin, Letcher, Floyd, Leslie, Knox, Knott, Owsley, Boyd, Pike, and Perry counties.

The projects span several sectors including agriculture, health, recreation, job training, and infrastructure needs.

Rogers said the grant program helps create jobs and restore hope in the region.