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 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 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


Additional Research and Resources

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, 2000-2017: 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.

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.

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

To date, ARC has awarded $120 million through the POWER Initiative to help coal-impacted communities in 309 Appalachian counties diversify and grow their economies. These 149 POWER investments are projected to create or retain almost 14,000 jobs, leverage an additional $403 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 power@arc.gov.