The achievement of economic development goals in Appalachia is dependent upon local ability to prioritize challenges and implement impactful solutions. Many areas, especially those designated as rural and economically distressed, lack capacity at the individual, organization, or community level to effectively plan and implement strategies, capitalize on funding opportunities, and steer investments toward successful outcomes.
Through grants, Academies and Institutes, and READY Appalachia, ARC investments support capacity building and planning efforts, provide technical assistance and training, and offer leadership development and educational programming that empower Appalachians – of all ages and backgrounds – to participate in the strengthening of their communities.
In Fiscal Year 2022, ARC invested $21.1M in the capacity of local leaders, organizations, and communities.
Developing All Types of Leaders
Appalachian Collegiate Research Initiative
Appalachian Entrepreneurship Academy
Appalachian Leadership Institute
Appalachian STEM Academy at Oak Ridge
Nonprofits, community foundations, local governments, and Local Development Districts are foundational for economic development in Appalachia.
READY Appalachia is ARC’s new community capacity-building initiative offering free training and flexible funding to these groups.
Participants in each READY Appalachia learning track access 10 weeks of cohort-based learning, skill development, and grant opportunities to increase their capacity to solve pressing issues and create positive economic change.