Grants and Contracts

ARC uses Congressionally appropriated funds to invest in the Region’s economic and community development through grants. In Fiscal Year 2021, Congress appropriated a record $180 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.

ARISE Initiative

Appalachian Regional Initiative for Stronger Economies (ARISE) is a new $73.5 million initiative that aims to drive large-scale, regional economic transformation through multi-state collaborative projects across Appalachia. ARC launched ARISE to strengthen Appalachian business and industry, and to grow and support the development of new opportunities across multiple states.

Grant Resources

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

ARC Grants Manual Training

Learn more about the ARC Grants Manual by watching this 4-part series on project management, recordkeeping, audits, 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.