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POWER Initiative

What is POWER?

POWER 2018
Applicant Resources

Star icon 2018 POWER RFP: Read ARC's request for proposals for 2018 POWER funding.

Star icon POWER application portal: Submit an application for 2018 POWER funding through the ARC POWER Portal.

Star icon Application previews: See previews of, and guidance on responding to, questions in the POWER 2018 implementation and technical assistance applications.

Star icon Supplemental application guidance: Read supplemental guidance on applying for POWER funding for projects in broadband services, health care, and impact investment.

Star icon ARC alternates and program managers: Applicants should contact their state's ARC alternate or program manager to ensure their POWER application aligns with state economic development priorities.

Star icon County status and match rates: Find Appalachian counties' FY 2018 economic status designations and match rates.

Star icon Coal industry impact research: See state and county information available in ARC's January 2018 research series on the impacts of the changing coal industry on the Appalachian Region.

Star icon Coal mine employment and coal production data: See county-level data on coal mine employment and coal production for 2000-2017.

Learn More About ARC's POWER Initiative

Star icon POWER webinars: Watch ARC's webinar series to learn more about applying for 2018 POWER funding.

Star icon ARC POWER investments: Learn about the projects ARC has invested in to date.

YouTube icon POWER grantee videos: Hear ARC POWER grantees discuss how their projects are bringing economic opportunity to coal-impacted areas.

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 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 2018

ARC is now accepting applications for 2018 POWER Initiative funding submitted in response to the POWER request for proposals issued on February 1. In 2018, POWER will focus on investments that are regional, strategic, and transformational and that maximize the economic revitalization of Appalachia's coal-impacted communities and regions. In general, ARC's POWER investments will focus on four areas:
  • Building a competitive workforce;
  • Enhancing access to and use of broadband services;
  • Fostering entrepreneurial activities; and
  • Developing industry clusters in communities.
Eligible funding applicants include:
  • Local development districts;
  • Indian Tribes or a consortium of Indian Tribes;
  • States, counties, cities, or other political subdivision of a state, including a special purpose unit of a state or local government engaged in economic or infrastructure development activities, or a consortium of political subdivisions;
  • Institutions of higher education or a consortium of institutions of higher education; and
  • Public or private nonprofit organizations or associations.
ARC held a four-part webinar series and hosted five public regional workshops in February and March to help communities learn more about applying for POWER 2018 funding.

POWER in Appalachia

To date, ARC has awarded $94 million through the POWER Initiative to help coal-impacted communities in 250 Appalachian counties diversify and grow their economies. These 114 investments are projected to create or retain almost 8,800 jobs, leverage an additional $210 million in investment, and prepare thousands of workers and students with globally competitive skills and opportunities in the Region's manufacturing, technology, entrepreneurship, agriculture, and other emerging sectors. Read ARC's POWER project summaries to learn how these investments are growing Appalachia's economy.
For questions about the POWER Initiative, please email