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Appalachian Regional Commission



Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) pre-application deadlines:

2018 Pre-Application Deadline is August 18, 2017.

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 and please feel free to contact Peggy Satterly at or by phone at (800)346-5606 or (502)573-2382 if you have questions or require assistance.

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.

Application Process: Pre-applications for Fiscal Year 2018 are being accepted through August 18, 2017.

For additional information, please contact Peggy Satterly.


Full Application Forms for Construction Projects
424 Form (.pdf - 113 kb)
424c Form (.pdf - 68 kb)
424d Form (.pdf - 19 kb)
ARC Checklist for a Construction Project (.pdf - 139 kb)
ARC MOU (.doc - 31 kb)
Guide for Construction Proposals (.pdf - 23 kb)
Performance Measure Guidance (.doc - 48 kb)
Project Summary Format (.doc - 26 kb)


Full Application Forms for Non-Construction Projects
424 Form for Non-Construction (.pdf - 113 kb)
424a for Non-Construction (.pdf - 122 kb)
424b Form for Non-Construction (.pdf - 21 kb)
ARC Checklist for a Non-Construction Project (.pdf - 100 kb)
ARC MOU - Non-Construction (.doc - 31 kb)
Guide for Non-Construction Proposals (.pdf - 178 kb)
Performance Measure Guidance for Non-Construction (.doc - 48 kb)
Project Summary Format for Non-Construction (.doc - 26 kb)


Other Downloads
2015 Kentucky ARC Annual Investment Strategy Statement (.doc - 183 kb)
ARC 2018 PreApplication (.doc - 151 kb)
ARC Economic Status Data Table (.pdf - 631 kb)
Kentucky Appalachian Development Plan 2015 (.pdf - 1518 kb)
Kentucky’s Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) Counties with Map FY2017 (.pdf - 801 kb)