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

Appalachia’s 74 Local Development Districts play a critical role in community and economic growth, often serving as the primary development organizations rural areas. With unprecedented amounts of federal funding available, LDDs need support to help their communities identify, access, and best utilize these financial opportunities.

Through READY LDDs, ARC is making a total of $2 million available to help LDDs increase staffing and capacity to support local governments and nonprofits in the management of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), and other sources.

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Up to $100,000 Available to LDDs

Appalachia’s LDDs are encouraged to apply for up to $100,000 in financial assistance offered by¬†READY LDDs.

Special consideration will be given to LDDs serving distressed areas; Interagency Working Group on Coal and Power Plant Communities priority communities; smaller, under-resourced, and difficult to reach populations and organizations; and historically marginalized populations.

Allocation Information

Current Cycle Closing on March 31, 2023

READY LDDs applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all funds, totaling $2 million, are expended.

Applications will be reviewed and funds will be allocated on a quarterly basis, with the current quarterly cycle closing on March 31, 2023.

Have questions? Watch this video to learn more from ARC staff, or email

Why Provide Financial Assistance?

READY LDDs is a follow-up to ARC’s Community Capacity Building Pilot Program, which provided expert training and peer-learning opportunities to local governments and LDDs across Appalachia.

Though the program helped 650 participants from 408 counties better leverage the ARPA State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund, participants emphasized their need for more technical assistance and staff to access and manage federal funds. READY LDDs is designed to help LDDs meet those needs.

If you are an Appalachian LDD, local government official (or key staff) who wishes to access recordings, slides, and case studies from the program, please email to gain access to the Community Capacity Training Hub.