READY Nonprofits

READY Nonprofits is one of four tracks offered by ARC’s READY Appalachia initiative.

Appalachian nonprofits are mission-driven organizations committed to meeting pressing community needs. However, these organizations often lack the capacity and resources to put ideas into action. 

Through READY Nonprofits, ARC provides no-cost training to help leaders of nonprofits serving the Appalachian Region build skills in federal grant application and management, financial management, fundraising, employee recruitment and retention, marketing, and operations.

After successful completion of their training, participants can apply for up to $25,000 in funding (no match required) to implement internal capacity building projects that will help them better serve Appalachian communities. 

Latest News

ARC Awards $1.6 Million to READY Nonprofits

In December 2023, more than $995,000 was awarded to 40 nonprofits across Appalachia. This brought ARC to a grand total of $1.6 million awarded to 65 nonprofits serving 12 states.

Applications will be accepted later in 2024 for another round of training and funding.

Solicitation for Services

Contractor to Administer Training Program

ARC is seeking proposals from qualified contractors to administer our 2024 READY Nonprofits Training Program, including the design and execution of a 10-week, cohort-based training program tailored specifically for the needs of Appalachian nonprofits.

Interested? Read the RFP below and check out these frequently asked questions.

Proposals are due March 8, 2024.

Helping Appalachian Nonprofits Access Resources

Nonprofits serving communities in the Appalachian Region are eligible for READY Nonprofits. Organizations focused on the following groups and areas are strongly encouraged to participate: 

  • Historically underserved and marginalized populations