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Distressed Counties Grants


ARC targets special resources to the most economically distressed counties in the Region, using a measure of economic distress based on three economic indicators: three-year average unemployment rates, per capita market income, and poverty rates. Besides allocating funding to benefit distressed counties, ARC has established other policies to reduce economic distress. ARC normally limits its maximum project funding contribution to 50 percent of costs, but it can increase its funding share to as much as 80 percent in distressed counties. For more information, see the ARC Project Guidelines, Section 3. In FY 2014, 93 counties qualify for distressed county status.

Overview of County Economic Status and Distressed Areas in Appalachia

Distressed Counties in Fiscal Year 2014


Distressed Counties in Fiscal Year 2013


Distressed Counties in Fiscal Year 2012


Distressed Counties in Fiscal Year 2011


Distressed Counties in Fiscal Year 2010


Distressed Counties in Fiscal Year 2009


Distressed Counties in Fiscal Year 2008


Distressed Counties in Fiscal Year 2007


Distressed Counties in Fiscal Year 2006


Distressed Counties in Fiscal Year 2005


Distressed Counties in Fiscal Year 2004