POWER Initiative |
What is POWER?
POWER (Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization) is a congressionally funded initiative that targets federal resources to help communities and regions that have been affected by job losses in coal mining, coal power plant operations, and coal-related supply chain industries due to the changing economics of America's energy production.
The Request for Proposals for POWER 2019 is now available. ARC will begin accepting applications for funding on February 1, 2019, and are due April 10, 2019, 5::00pm (EDT). Approximately $45 million will be awarded through a competitive granting process. Funding proposals are to be submitted via the 2019 POWER Initiative Application Portal, and are due April 10, 2019, 5:00 pm (EDT).
In Fiscal Year 2019, ARC's POWER Initiative will continue focusing on investments that are regional, strategic, transformational, and maximize economic revitalization in Appalachia's coal-impacted communities. POWER investment priorities include:
Before submitting a funding proposal, potential applicants must contact the appropriate ARC state program manager for specific guidance pertaining to the eligible use of POWER funds in their state.
POWER in Appalachia
In February 2019, ARC announced the latest round of POWER investments, which included $22.8 million via 33 awards. These investments are projected to create or retain nearly 1,000 jobs, benefit over 3,300 students and workers, and leverage more than $21.8 million in private investment into manufacturing, agriculture, technology, substance abuse recovery, broadband development, and other industry sectors across coal-impacted communities in nine Appalachian states.
Since 2015, ARC has invested over $144.8 million in 182 projects touching 312 counties across Appalachia through the POWER Initiative. Together, these investments are projected to create or retain more than 17,000 jobs, create or improve more than 7,200 businesses and leverage an additional $771.3 million in private investment into Appalachia's economy.
Read ARC's POWER project summaries to learn how these investments are growing Appalachia's economy.
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