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Area Development Program

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Eligible Recipients:

  • Educational Institution
  • Local Government
  • Native/Tribal Entity
  • Non-profit
  • State Government

Program Purpose:

Economic Development, Education and Workforce Development, Environmental Clean-up, Other Infrastructure, Strategy and Planning, Technical Assistance, Telecommunications / Broadband

Reserved for Energy


Upcoming Milestones:

Funded by:

Appalachian Regional Commission


This program is provided through the Appalachian Regional Commission, whose mission is to bring the 420-county Appalachian Region into socioeconomic parity with the nation. The Area Development program makes investments in two general areas: critical infrastructure and business and workforce development. Critical infrastructure investments mainly include water and wastewater systems, transportation networks, broadband, and other projects anchoring regional economic development. Business and workforce investments primarily focus on entrepreneurship, worker training and education, food systems, leadership, and other human capital development. In addition, ARC invests in Business Development Revolving Loan Funds to help the Region’s smaller businesses access capital.

Funding Details

Funding Source:
Funding Type:
Grant – match required
Total Amount Available:
Limit per Applicant:
No limit stated
Estimated Awards:

Applicant Guidance

https://www.arc.gov/area-development-program/ (ARC’s Area Development Program website)

Contact Information

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