Appalachian Regional Commission Grants


ARC is a regional economic development agency that represents a partnership at the federal, state, and local levels. ARC’s mission is to innovate, partner, and invest to build community capacity and strengthen economic growth in Appalachia. ARCs grant funding focus areas include Business Development/Entrepreneurship, Physical Infrastructure, Health Care, Education/Training, and Leadership Development/Civic Capacity.  ARC funds projects through the Area Development and Local Access Road Programs.

As the designated Local Development District (LDD) for the Appalachian Regional Commission and the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED), NEPA provides technical assistance to those governments, organizations and institutions seeking ARC grant assistance.

ARC’s Investment Priorities:

  • Goal 1: Economic Opportunities
    Invest in entrepreneurial and business development strategies that strengthen Appalachia’s economy.
  • Goal 2: Ready Workforce
    Increase the education, knowledge, skills, and health of residents to work and succeed in Appalachia.
  • Goal 3: Critical Infrastructure
    Invest in critical infrastructure—especially broadband; transportation, including the Appalachian Development Highway System; and water/wastewater systems.
  • Goal 4: Natural and Cultural Assets
    Strengthen Appalachia’s community and economic development potential by leveraging the Region’s natural and cultural heritage assets.
  • Goal 5: Leadership and Community Capacity
    Build the capacity and skills of current and next-generation leaders and organizations to innovate, collaborate, and advance community and economic development.

ARC’s Eligible Activities:

  • Health Care
    • ARC health care grants can be made for equipment and demonstration projects, and in special cases for renovation and construction of facilities. The ARC health program focuses on the development of rural primary care networks in distressed counties and areas.
  • Education and Training
    • Teacher/administrator training; material, equipment, and computer purchases; building renovations; and start-up operational costs for new programs. Early childhood/K-12 programs/post-secondary
    • Workforce training that provides job skills or learning new skills in order to retain jobs in the face of increasing global competition, become eligible for better-paying positions, or obtain new jobs.
  • Business Development and Entrepreneurship
    • Industrial site development; business incubators; technical assistance and training; expansion of domestic/foreign markets.
    • Capitalizes loan funds that improve access to capital for Appalachian businesses and can support other activities that foster entrepreneurship.
  • Physical Infrastructure
    • Basic Infrastructure – ARC provides funds for basic infrastructure services, including water and sewer facilities, that enhance economic development opportunities or address serious health issues for residential customers.
    • Housing –  projects that stimulate the construction or rehabilitation of housing for low-moderate income residents.
    • Telecommunications – strategic community planning, equipment, hardware and software for network building.
  • Leadership Development and Civic Capacity
    • Eligible activities include the development and implementation of community-based strategic plans; training for citizen leaders (both adult and youth leaders), local officials, and management staff from nonprofit community organizations

Staff Contact

Kurt Bauman – Vice President, Community Services Division
Athena Aardweg – Community Services Manager

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