About ARC Grants

Most of ARC’s grants are awarded via the Area Development Program to invest in projects that align with our strategic investment priorities. These grants generally fall into two broad categories: construction and non-construction. Some projects qualify for specialized Area Development initiatives that have unique application requirements and operating guidelines. These include the Local Access Road Program, which offers flexible funding to connect communities to regional transportation networks, and the Access to Capital Program, which helps local organizations serve entrepreneurs and small businesses through capital investment and financing programs.  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; to communities supporting substance abuse disorder recovery-to-work efforts through the INSPIRE Initiative; and to collaborative, multi-state projects that drive large-scale, regional economic transformation through the ARISE funding opportunity.

In additional to traditional grants, READY Appalachia, ARC’s new community-capacity building initiative, offers flexible funding to organizations in four key economic development pillars: nonprofits, community foundations, local governments, and Local Development Districts, and free training to the Appalachians that work for them.

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.

Application Requirements

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.