About ARC Grants

Most of ARC’s grants are awarded via the Area Development Program to invest in projects aligning with our strategic investment priorities. All area development projects begin at the state level before review by ARC staff. 

ARC also offers dedicated funding to support coal-impacted communities recovering from the difficulties of economic transition via the POWER Initiative; and to communities supporting Substance Abuse Disorder and recovery-to-work efforts through the INSPIRE Initiative.

The strongest project proposals are strategic, impactful, collaborative, and sustainable. Before applying for ARC support, read the general information below and contact your ARC state program manager.

Who Can Apply for ARC Funding?

ARC awards program grants to state and local agencies and governmental entities, local governing boards, and nonprofit organizations. Indian tribes and higher education institutions are also eligible for ARC program grants. ARC does not award grants to individuals or for-profit entities.

What Makes A Good ARC Project?

The best ARC projects are strategic, impactful, collaborative, and sustainable. 

Characteristics of a Good Project Diagram

ARC Match Requirements

To leverage our investments, most ARC grants require a match. Match rates are based on the economic status designations of counties served by the proposed project. In some cases, states may have additional matching guidelines requirements.

Pre-Application Requirements


ARC grant applications require a DUNS (Data Universal Numbering System) number.
If you need a DUNS number, call the toll-free DUNS Number request line at 1-866-705-5711 or visit www.dnb.com/us/.


All ARC grant applicants must have an active registration in SAM (System for Award Management). Register in SAM at www.sam.gov.

Approved ARC Projects

Exploring the lists of approved projects can give applicants ideas about potential projects and partners, and show how their projects can build upon other efforts in their communities.