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ARC Announces $26.7 Million in 2016 POWER Investments in the Appalachian Region

On August 24, 2016, ARC announced the award of $26.7 million in grants through the administration's POWER Initiative, benefitting 142 counties in 8 Appalachian states. The funded projects will leverage an estimated $49.4 million in additional investments in the Region.
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What is POWER?
POWER (Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization) is a multi-agency 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. ARC is participating in POWER with the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) and 8 other agencies.

The POWER Initiative supports efforts to create a more vibrant economic future for coal-impacted communities by cultivating economic diversity, enhancing job training and re-employment opportunities, creating jobs in existing or new industries, and attracting new sources of investment.

POWER Grants
In FY 2016, ARC is providing POWER implementation grants and technical assistance grants for activities that address the challenges facing coal-impacted communities in the Appalachian Region. ARC's POWER assistance also includes tools and resources such as technical and capacity-building support.

Implementation Grants
ARC is making available $45 million for FY 2016 POWER implementation grants, awarded in partnership with EDA. The first round of 2016 implementation grants was announced in August 2016. The FY 2016 implementation grants have ranged between $500,000 and more than $2 million.

For information on implementation grants and how to apply, see the joint Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) "The Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) Initiative: POWER 2016 Grants." Interested communities must complete a pre-application through the ARC-EDA POWER Portal.

YouTube icon Watch ARC's webinar on "POWER Implementation Grants: The Application Process."

Learn more about POWER implementation grants in the POWER FFO Pre-apply for an implementation grant through the POWER Portal Get answers about implementation grants from the POWER FAQ

Technical Assistance Grants
ARC awards POWER technical assistance (TA) grants to communities and regions for economic development planning, assessment, and capacity-building activities in Appalachia. A total of $1.2 million is available for these grants in FY 2016. ARC announced the first round of TA grants in August 2016. For information on ARC POWER technical assistance grants, see the FFO POWER 2016 Federal Funding Opportunity for Technical Assistance. Grant applications are accepted through the ARC-EDA POWER Portal.

YouTube iconWatch ARC's webinar on "POWER Technical Assistance Grants: The Application Process."
Learn more about POWER TA grants in the POWER TA FFO Apply for a POWER TA grant through the POWER Portal Get answers about POWER TA grants from the POWER TA FAQ

For questions about the POWER Initiative, please email