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.
Area Development Program
Appalachian Regional Initiative for Stronger Economies
Investments Supporting Partnerships in Recovery Ecosystems Initiative
Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization Initiative
Workforce Opportunities for Rural Communities
Through WORC, ARC partners with the U.S. Department of Labor to provide training and support activities to dislocated workers, new workforce entrants, incumbent workers, and individuals affected by substance use disorder.
Capacity Building Opportunities
Academies and Institutes
Access to Capital Program
J-1 Visa Waivers
Local Access Road Program
Throughout the year, ARC issues Requests for Proposals seeking contractors to support research, evaluation, capacity-building initiatives and more.
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.