Grants and Contracts

ARC uses Congressionally appropriated funds to invest in the Region’s economic and community development through grants. In Fiscal Year 2020, Congress appropriated a record $175 million for the Appalachian Regional Commission. As part of our unique federal-state partnership, ARC’s grant application process begins at the state government level. All ARC grants align with the investment priorities outlined in our current Strategic Plan and reflect state plans and strategies.

ARC also issues specific Requests for Proposals for research and evaluation contracts on topics directly impacting economic development in the Appalachian Region.

How It Works

Every ARC investment meets one or more of our strategic investment priorities and yields measurable results. Learn about our different grant opportunities and next steps potential applicants must take.

Grant Resources

Current and potential ARC grantees can explore our resource list for application guidelines, checklists, grant payment forms, and more.

Investments in Action

Community Colleges of Appalachia and Workforce Development

For member colleges, CCA provides programs and services responsive to the unique cultural, geographic, and economic challenge in the Appalachian Region, including their annual Workforce Development Institute.