ARC uses Congressionally appropriated funds to invest in the Region’s economic and community development through grants. ARC also issues specific Requests for Proposals for research and evaluation contracts on topics directly impacting economic development in the Appalachian Region.
Explore available opportunities below to learn more about applying for ARC funds.
Area Development Program
ARC’s INSPIRE Initiative
ARC’s POWER Initiative
Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities (WORC)
Help ARC Evaluate Our Education and Workforce Investments
ARC invites proposals from qualified consultants to assess the extent to which ARC’s education and workforce development grants have contributed to the achievement of ARC’s strategic goals. Deadline: August 9, 2021
ARC Seeks Partner to Design Program
ARC invites proposals from organizations to work in partnership with ARC on the programming, curriculum development, and execution for the Appalachian Entrepreneurship Academy (AEA). AEA helps high school students in the Appalachian Region strengthen their business and entrepreneurial thinking skills. Deadline: September 3, 2021
J-1 Visa Waiver Program
The U.S. Public Health Services has designated many Appalachian communities as Health Professional Shortage Areas. Under certain circumstances, ARC will consider recommending a waiver of the foreign residence requirement on behalf of physicians holding J-1 Visas to place medical providers in these communities to address the Region’s healthcare needs.