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POWER Initiative

What is POWER?

Useful Links for Applicants

Star icon 2019 POWER RFP: Read ARC's request for proposals for 2019 POWER funding.

Star icon 2019 POWER Initiative Application Portal Apply for 2019 POWER funding through the ARC POWER Portal

Star icon 2019 Regional Workshops: Register for ARC's POWER Workshops to learn about 2019 funding opportunities.

Star icon Application Preview: List of questions on the application.

Star icon ARC State Program Managers: Applicants should contact their state's ARC program manager to ensure their POWER application aligns with state economic development priorities.

Star icon County status and match rates: Find Appalachian counties' FY 2019 economic status designations and match rates.

Star icon Map of the Appalachian Region: Counties in the Region

Star icon ARC's Strategic Plan: Investing in Appalachia's Future: ARC's Five-Year Strategic Plan for Capitalizing on Appalachia's Opportunities 2016-2020

Star icon Development Finance Supplemental Guidance
Refer to this guide when developing a POWER project that involves development finance and access to capital for small businesses/entrepreneurs.

Additional Research and Resources

Youtube icon POWER 2019 Educational Video Series: Watch for a POWER initiative overview and our guide to matching funds.

Star icon An Economic Analysis of the Appalachian Coal Industry Ecosystem: Learn about impacts of the changing coal economy at the county, state, and regional levels.

Star icon Coal Mine Employment and Coal Production Data, 2000-2018: Review recent data on coal mine employment and production at the county level.

Star icon Entrepreneurial Ecosystems in Appalachia: Discover resources, data, and opportunities in entrepreneurship across Appalachia.

Star icon Strengthening Economic Resilience in Appalachia: Explore what strategies other communities are using to be more resilience in the face of economic disruptions.

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.

POWER 2019

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:

  • Building a competitive workforce;
  • Enhancing access to and use of broadband services;
  • Fostering entrepreneurial activities; and
  • Developing industry clusters in communities; and
  • Strengthening substance abuse response.
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.

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.

Read the 2019 POWER request for proposals

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.

For questions about the POWER Initiative, please email