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Appalachian Regional Commission - POWER*

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March 1, 2024

The Appalachian Regional Commission is accepting letters of intent to the Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) Initiative.

This initiative targets federal resources to help communities and regions that have been affected by job losses in coal mining, coal power plant operations, and coal-related supply chain industries due to the changing economics of America’s energy production.

All POWER Initiative applications must address one or more of these goals:
  1. Building Appalachian Businesses: Strengthen and diversify the Region’s economy through inclusive economic development strategies and investments in entrepreneurship and business development.
  2. Building Appalachia’s Workforce Ecosystem: Expand and strengthen community systems (education, healthcare, housing, childcare, and others) that help Appalachians obtain a job, stay on the job, and advance along a financially sustaining career pathway.
  3. Building Appalachia’s Infrastructure: Ensure that the residents and businesses of Appalachia have access to reliable, affordable, resilient, and energy-efficient utilities and infrastructure in order to successfully live and work in the Region.
  4. Building Regional Culture and Tourism: Strengthen Appalachia’s community and economic development potential by preserving and investing in the Region’s local cultural heritage and natural assets.
  5. Building Community Leaders and Capacity: Invest in the capacity of local leaders, organizations, and communities to address local challenges by providing technical assistance and support to access resources, engage partners, identify strategies and tactics, and conduct effective planning and project execution.

Information Session
A workshop will be held via Airmeet on February 15. Please register to attend.

Grant Type and Amounts
  • Implementation grants are available to support programmatic delivery. Grants will be between $400,000 and $2,000,000, with exceptions for broadband deployment and BaaS projects which may be awarded up to $2,500,000.
  • Planning grants are available for the development of plans, strategies, and feasilbility studies up to $50,000.

Eligible applicants for ARC’s POWER Initiative are the following:
  • Local development districts (LDDs)
  • Indian tribes or a consortium of Indian tribes
  • States, counties, cities, or other political subdivision of a state, including a special purpose unit of a state or local government engaged in economic or infrastructure development activities, or a consortium of political subdivisions
  • Institutions of higher education or a consortium of institutions of higher education
  • Public or private nonprofit organizations or associations

Please review the full guidelines regarding eligibility for current grantees.

Project Geography
Projects must serve and benefit a portion of the Appalachian Region as defined by the Appalachian Regional Development Act (ARDA) of 1965, as amended. The Appalachian Region includes certain counties in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and all of West Virginia.
The map and county list can be found here:

2024 Deadlines
Letters of intent are due by March 1
Invited applications are due by April 17

Grant information was last reviewed by our staff on 3/23/2024
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