West Virginia Department of Commerce Flex-E-Grant Success Stories

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Flex-E-Grant Success Stories



Flex-E-Grant Success Stories

The Flex-E-Grant grant program helps West Virginia’s distressed counties help themselves. Through this program, citizens learn and practice the leadership, planning and management capacities they will need to build sustained economic progress and improvement in their communities.

The success of the Flex-E-Grant program in West Virginia is largely due to a unique partnership between the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, an example of the innovative public-private collaboration needed to grow our communities and ensure their prosperity in the future.

Since its inception in 2001, the West Virginia Flex-E-Grant program has:
  • Trained more than 7,500 participants in community and economic skills
  • Provided 270 county and municipal officials with scholarships to attend the Local Government Academy for specialized training in local government processes and procedures
  • Educated 281 local community leaders in community leadership and group process skills through the Leadership Plenty program
  • Trained more than 800 youth in entrepreneurial skills for creating businesses and becoming leaders in their local communities
The West Virginia Flex-E-Grant program has invested more than $2.8 million from ARC funds, and also leveraged an additional $1.3 million in funding from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, to build strong community infrastructure in our state’s distressed counties. The participants — local officials, civic leaders, nonprofit agency staff and area youth — have invested themselves in strengthening their communities and building their futures.