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Appalachian Regional Commission - Area Development

Federal Agency/Bureau
Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC)
Program Name
Area Development
Authorizing Legislation

Appalachian Regional Development Act (ARDA)

Program Overview

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.



Program Website
Type of Funding


Link to application site, NOFO, FOA, or (if different from program website above)

Not Applicable

Important Dates (if applicable)

Applications can be submitted throughout the year although states may have specific requirements.

FY2023 Appropriations Amount

Total Amount: $302 Million

Matching Requirement

Yes. 20% to 80%, determined by the economic status of project area:

Complementary Federal Funding Option

ARC funding may be used in place of non-federal match for BEAD funding. ARPA funding may be used as match for ARC funding

Broadband-related Program Purpose/Eligible Expenditures
Speed/Technical Requirement for Broadband Infrastructure

Varies by State

Criteria for Eligible Recipients

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.

Grant Beneficiaries (if different from eligible recipients)

Project must take place within the defined boundaries of the Appalachian Region:

Programmatic Resources

Information available on website or by contacting state ARC program manager.

Reporting Requirements

Not Applicable

Publicly-available programmatic data

Information available on website or by contacting state ARC program manager

Contact Information

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.

Additional Information

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 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.


March 2023

Funding Guide