Appalachian Regional Development Act (ARDA)
Each year ARC provides funding for several hundred investments in the Appalachian Region, in areas such as business development, education and job training, infrastructure (including broadband), community development, and transportation. These projects create thousands of new jobs, improve local water and sewer systems, increase school readiness, assist local communities with strategic planning, and provide technical and managerial assistance to emerging businesses.
Applications can be submitted throughout the year although states may have specific requirements.
Total Amount: $183.6 million
Amount Available Towards Broadband (if specified): $23.3 million
Yes. 20% to 80%, determined by the economic status of project area: https://www.arc.gov/classifying-economic-distress-in-appalachian-counties/
ARC funding may be used in place of non-federal match for BEAD funding. ARPA funding may be used as match for ARC funding
Varies by state.
Eligible recipients must be publicly owned entities, non-profit entities, or a competitively-selected private partnership that includes publicly owned entities or non-profit entities.
Project must take place within the defined boundaries of the Appalachian Region: https://www.arc.gov/appalachian-counties-served-by-arc/
Information available on website or by contacting state ARC program manager.
1666 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20009-1068
Telephone: (202) 884-7700
For questions on specific topic areas, please refer to the contacts listed on the ARC Offices and Staff page.
As per ARC’s federal-state partnership model, funding via ARC’s Area Development is first generated at the state level in each of the Region’s 13 states. Potential applicants are encouraged to contact their ARC State Program Managers (contact info available at www.arc.gov). Note that the funding amount includes $23.3M that must be spent on broadband and the remainder of the funding will be used for a wide variety of projects.