Appalachian Regional Commission Funds

What does this funding get me?

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) uses these funds to invest in the region’s economic and community development through grants. Funds vary per year depending on availability. In Fiscal Year 2021, Congress appropriated $180 million to ARC.

Am I eligible?

ARC awards program grants to state and local agencies and governmental entities, local governing boards, and nonprofit organizations. Tribes and institutions of higher education are also eligible for ARC program grants. ARC does not award grants to individuals or for-profit entities.

Most ARC grants require a match. Match rates are based on the economic status designations of counties served by the proposed project.

How can I access the money?

ARC applications being with the ARC State Program Manager:

Most of ARC’s grants are awarded via the Area Development Program to invest in projects that align with its strategic investment priorities, with focuses such as workforce ecosystems, tourism, community infrastructure, and building businesses. If you’re interested in applying for an Area Development grant you can find more information here.

All ARC grant applicants must have an active SAM (System of Award Management) account.

What is the timeline?

Varies depending on the fund you’re applying for.

What other incentives could I use to help me accomplish my goals?

More information about available grants through the Appalachian Regional Commission can be found here.

Where can I get more information?

  • You can find application checklists and other resources here.
  • Approved projects from 2022 can be found here.
  • You may be able to get technical assistance with this program from the EPA’s Region 4 Environmental Justice Thriving Communities Technical Assistance Center (EJ TCTAC), also called Resource for Assistance and Community Training in Region 4 on Environmental Justice (REACT4EJ), which provides technical assistance to residents, community organizations, and Federally recognized tribal nations in Region 4 states including North and South Carolina. REACT4EJ can assist in developing capabilities and identifying resources for understanding or resolving EJ circumstances. Visit to learn more and connect with their team.
  • As you look at current federal funding opportunities and those anticipated in 2024, SSDN’s Local Infrastructure Hub (LIH) program has resources that may be able to help!  The LIH program supports local governments and community-based organizations that are working on cross-cutting projects at the intersection of addressing climate impacts and promoting racial wealth equity.  Learn more on the LIH website or through this one-pager.  The application for LIH support is a light lift and is linked HERE! Reach out to Nick Deffley if you have questions about eligibility or need guidance.
  • For questions about updates to this program, email Jessica Finkel at