APPALACHIAN REGIONAL COMMISSION FEDERAL GRANT PROGRAM (ARC)
West Virginia Department of Economic Development, Community Advancement and Development
Entity Eligible to Apply for Grant:
Local governments, state government, or non-profit organizations
Type of Grant:
The Appalachian Regional Development Act of 1965 established the Appalachian Regional Commission. ARC is a federal/state partnership composed of the Governors of 13 Appalachian States and a Federal representative who is appointed by the President.
ARC makes available federal grants for community-based economic development projects.
Eligible activities include infrastructure (water, wastewater, broadband), site development, business development, and job training.
Matching funds are required (variable rates depending upon the county or counties served).
ARC does not fund improvements to state or local government buildings or provide funds for state or local government operations. Individuals and private businesses are not eligible for ARC assistance.
Applicants must meet the federal financial management requirements outlined in 2 CFR 200. Construction projects must comply with federal regulations for environmental review and Davis-Bacon labor standards. ARC funds can match any other funding source, including federal, state and local funds.
Highest priority for the West Virginia ARC program are infrastructure projects (water, sewer, broadband), particularly projects in ARC-designated distressed counties.
Other priorities include industrial and commercial site development, addressing abandoned and dilapidated structures, and workforce development.
How to Apply
Applications are usually accepted one time per year, normally in the fall of each year, with a deadline for applications at the end of January.
Applicants requesting funding for infrastructure or any construction projects are highly encouraged to work with their local Regional Planning and Development Council to develop an application and ensure that they are following all applicable state and federal rules.
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