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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. 

CFDA

23.002

Program Website
Type of Funding

Formula

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

Not Applicable

Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) or Federal Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Type

Not Applicable

Important Dates (if applicable)

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

FY2022 Appropriations Amount

Total Amount: $183.6 million 

Amount Available Towards Broadband (if specified): $23.3 million 

Matching Requirement

Yes. 20% to 80%, determined by the economic status of project area: https://www.arc.gov/classifying-economic-distress-in-appalachian-counties/

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

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:  https://www.arc.gov/appalachian-counties-served-by-arc/ 

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 

Email: info@arc.gov

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 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. 

Updated

June 2022

Funding Guide