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Don’t Miss Out – ARC Funding and Training Deadlines Approaching Fast!

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February 21, 2024


Empowering Communities through the ARC POWER Initiative


The Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) Initiative by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), is a critical resource for communities and regions impacted by job losses in coal-related industries. In October 2023, ARC awarded nearly $54 million in investments to enhance entrepreneurship, workforce development, and infrastructure to spur re-employment, job creation, and attract new investments.


Unlocking Potential: ARC POWER Grants


ARC POWER grants provide financial support to eligible entities, ranging from $400,000 to $2,000,000. Exceptions are made for broadband deployment and BaaS projects, which can receive up to $2,500,000. Additionally, smaller planning grants of up to $50,000 are available to assist coal-impacted communities and regions in the Appalachian Region.

The ARC POWER grant could be the boost your project needs to make a real difference in our region! Check out the application information and apply before the deadline.

Deadline for applications: April 17, 2024


READY Appalachia: Building Community Capacity


READY Appalachia offers no-cost training, cohort-based learning, and funding with no match required. This comprehensive approach enables participants to amplify their impact and drive meaningful progress in their communities.


Supporting Local Governments


Local governments play a crucial role in driving economic development and addressing community needs. The READY Appalachia – Local Governments nine-week training program equips officials with the knowledge and tools necessary to navigate the complexities of federal funding. Successful completion of the program enables eligibility for up to $50,000 per local government for internal capacity-building projects.

The ARC READY application is waiting for you!

Deadline for applications: February 29, 2024


Take Action Today!


Now is the time to make a difference in your community! Visit the ARC website today to explore how you can participate in these transformative programs. Let’s work together to empower Appalachia and create a stronger, more resilient region for generations to come.


About the Appalachian Regional Commission


The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is a regional agency representing federal-state partnerships focused on economic development across 423 counties in the Appalachian Region, covering 26 million people. Established in 1965, ARC aims to achieve socioeconomic parity with the nation. 

Annually, ARC funds about 700 projects in business development, education, infrastructure, community development, housing, and transportation, leading to job creation, infrastructure upgrades, workforce training, strategic planning assistance, and support for emerging businesses.