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ARC Grants and Contracts


ARC Grants

ARC awards grants to projects that address one or more of the four goals identified by ARC in its strategic plan and that can demonstrate measurable results. Typically, ARC project grants are awarded to state and local agencies and governmental entities (such as economic development authorities), local governing boards (such as county councils), and nonprofit organizations (such as schools and organizations that build low-cost housing).

ARC targets special assistance to economically distressed counties in the Appalachian Region, allowing up to 80 percent participation in grants in distressed areas.

County Economic Status and Distressed Areas in Appalachia

County Economic Status and Match Rates, FY 2014

County Economic Status and Match Rates, FY 2013

List of Distressed Counties in Appalachia, FY 2014


How to Apply for a Grant
Almost all program grants originate at the state level. Potential applicants should contact their state ARC program manager to request a preapplication package. The local development district serving the county in which the project is located may provide guidance on a project's eligibility for funding and assistance in preparing a grant application.

A small number of grants are awarded through requests for proposals (RFPs), sometimes as grant competitions. These grant RFPs are posted on the ARC Web site as they are issued.


More Information on ARC grants
About ARC Project Grants

ARC Project Guidelines

ARC Projects Approved, by Fiscal Year


ARC Contracts

ARC awards contracts for research on topics that impact economic development in the Appalachian Region and for technical assistance and other services. Requests for proposals will be posted as they are issued by ARC.