Appalachian Regional Commission

Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) pre-application deadlines:

2022 Pre-Application submittal deadline is October 29, 2021

Pre-applications should be emailed to Scott Sharp.

2021 ARC Pre-applications that haven’t had a full application requested and would like to be considered in 2022 should submit a new 2022 pre-application.

Please note that pre-applications can be submitted after the deadline for project needs that may arise with proper justification and at the discretion of the Governor’s ARC Alternate to accept. Pre-application forms and instructions are available below.

What: The ARC is a federal-state economic development program designed to assist in the economic development of Appalachia through a diversity of projects in the areas of public infrastructure (water, sewer, solid waste, housing, and telecommunications), human resource development (education/workforce development, affordable/accessible healthcare, and leadership development) and business/entrepreneurial development.

Why: Historically, the far eastern region of Kentucky has lagged behind the rest of the nation in terms of economic development. The ARC grant program provides the region with financial assistance in creating jobs, developing a workforce, and providing health care and education services.

Who Can Apply? Local governments, special districts, and non-profit entities that include Kentucky's 54 most eastern and southcentral Counties are eligible to apply for the grant dollars.

Thirty seven "distressed" counties also have access to a separate restricted allocation of funds.

Projects that are $400,000 or less are more competitive, the average grant size is $275,000.

Matching requirements are fifty percent (50%) for transitional counties, thirty percent (30%) for at-risk counties, and twenty percent (20%) for distressed counties. Federal Funds may not exceed 80 percent of the total project.

Examples of eligible projects are: water/sewer line extension and treatment expansion; telecommunication/broadband deployment; learning center development; education/workforce development training; industrial site development; asset-based development planning/activities; and, leadership development/civic capacity building.

Appalachian Regional Commission INSPIRE Initiative

Letters of Intent (LOI) for implementation grants up to $500,000 and planning grants up to $50,000 under INSPIRE are due October 3, 2020, 5 pm ET.

The deadline for final applications is November 13, 2020 5 p.m. ET.

Award announcements are anticipated to be made spring 2021.

Awards made via the INSPIRE Initiative will support the post-treatment to employment continuum, which could include, among others, investments in healthcare networks that support substance abuse recovery professionals, recovery-focused job training programs, as well as initiatives designed to coordinate, or link, recovery services and training that support the recovery ecosystem, among others.

Competitive applications for INSPIRE should stress the potential for individuals in recovery to enter or re-enter the workforce, or maintain employment, with a special emphasis on employment retention, including basic and advanced training, soft skills development, up-skilling and establishing clear, defined career pathways in training programs that accommodate continued growth. Proposals can also include plans and initiatives supporting employers, industry and partnerships to meet workforce challenges supporting a recovery ecosystem.

The Appalachian Nonprofit Resource Center

The Appalachia Nonprofit Resource Center, a program funded by the Appalachian Regional Commission, will provide dedicated training and technical assistance to up to 120 nonprofit organizations in the region impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. The online program will deliver private instruction during short (5-6 week) and long (10-11 week) sessions in Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 on four topic areas: short-term financial management, long-term financial management, mission and operations, and fundraising. A complementary highly curated resource guide, also available on the integrated portal, offers additional information to aid in organizational survival and sustainability.

This free technical assistance program is open to all nonprofit organizations located in the ARC Region, with a pre-pandemic minimum annual operating budget of $100,000 and 2 full-time employees. One of the potential two participants for the instruction program must be the organization’s CEO/Executive Director. To be considered for participation in one of the training sessions, nonprofit organizations must complete the online 15-question application by close of business (5:00pm EST) on Friday, October 9, 2020. For more information about this new, free technical assistance and training program offered by the Appalachia Nonprofit Resource Center, please contact

Full Application Forms for
Construction Projects

1. Guide for Construction Proposals (.pdf - 124 kb)
424 Form (.pdf - 113 kb)
424c Form (.pdf - 68 kb)
424d Form (.pdf - 19 kb)
ARC MOU (.doc - 31 kb)
Performance Measure Guidance (.doc - 48 kb)
Project Summary Format (.doc - 26 kb)

Full Application Forms for
Non-Construction Projects

1. Guide for Non-Construction Proposals (.pdf - 132 kb)
424 Form for Non-Construction (.pdf - 113 kb)
424a for Non-Construction (.pdf - 122 kb)
424b Form for Non-Construction (.pdf - 21 kb)
ARC MOU - Non-Construction (.doc - 31 kb)
Performance Measure Guidance for Non-Construction (.doc - 48 kb)
Project Summary Format for Non-Construction (.doc - 26 kb)