West Virginia Department of Commerce Appalachian Regional Commission

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Appalachian Regional Commission

Type of assistance: Federal grants

Purpose: The Appalachian Regional Commission provides federal grant funds for the support of economic and community development in West Virginia and 12 other states in the Appalachian Region. The goal of ARC is to create opportunities for self-sustaining economic development and improved quality of life.

Description: Projects approved for ARC assistance must support one of the four general goals:
  • Increase job opportunities and per capita income in Appalachia to reach parity with the nation.
  • Strengthen the capacity of the people of Appalachia to compete in the global economy.
  • Develop and improve Appalachia’s infrastructure to make the Region economically competitive.
  • Build the Appalachian Development Highway System to reduce Appalachia’s isolation.

Eligible activities:
Activities generally eligible for funding include, but are not limited to, projects that:
  • Improve educational opportunities and workforce skills.
  • Improve infrastructure for community and economic development.
  • Increase civic and leadership capacity.
  • Increase entrepreneurial opportunities.
  • Improve health care resources.

Eligible applicants:
Public entities (cities, towns, counties, regions, public service districts) and nonprofit organizations.

How to apply: Applications are received on an annual basis.

Contact: For additional information about the ARC program, please call the West Virginia Development Office at (800) 982-3386 or (304) 558-2234.