Appalachian Regional Commission

All applicants must work with STC staff while developing their applications, please contact Victoria Ehlen for more information about the ARC program.  STC staff will assist applicants with questions about grantwriting, funding, budgets, and letters of support. 

For the Federal Fiscal Year 2020 funding cycle (October 1, 2020 -September 30, 2021), STC will require one full application (no pre-application).  The ARC application is due in the STC office on late August, 2020. STC staff will review projects for completion if submitted at least 2-3 weeks before the deadline. The preliminary review is an essential part of the process.   

The most current application forms are available in the yellow box below, labeled "Grant at a Glance".  Also, please utilize the document "NYS Implementing Strategies" for an overview of the grant requirements and process.

 Grant at a Glance:

With questions, call Victoria Ehlen at (607) 962-5092

Maximum Amount: $150,000, although applications for significantly smaller grants have been submitted.  This year, NY will consider funding up to $200,000 for construction projects.

Local Match Required:  Minimum 50% (cash and/or in-kind)
NYS Implementing Strategies

Guide to ARC Performance Measures (Outputs and Outcomes)
ARC Distressed Areas Link

2020 Draft Master Application (construction and non-construction) Deadline: August 2020 - This document illustrates the apperance of a completed application.  You should complete and combine the forms below to create your own complete application. 

Note:  If you receive a message to update your pdf viewer when you click on the forms, just click on the download button and save document to your files.

Application Summary and Certification Page
SF 424 - for all applicants
Budget Format B - for non-construction applicants
Sustainability & Phased Effort

Self Sufficiency

     SF 424A - for non-construction applicants

     SF 424B - for non-construction applicants

     SF 424C - for construction applicants

     SF 424D - for construction applicants

     Smart Growth Compliance Questionnaire

These forms may not work in your browser, please download the forms and open with Adobe PDF or Nitro PDF.  If these formats don't work for you, please contact STC, we can send copies of these forms by email.

Table of Contents. doc

Workplan & Timeline .doc

Funding Sources & Uses.doc

Application Narrative.doc

Fiscal year 2020 Draft Guidance and Implementing Strategies
Updated 4/12/20120

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is a unique federal-state-local partnership. It has provided over $40 million in grants to the Southern Tier Central region over the past forty three years. The Appalachian Regional Commission has completed a strategic planning process that has identified five key goals for the 13-state region stretching from Mississippi to New York, including Chemung, Schuyler, and Steuben Counties. These goals state that Appalachia will have:

Goal 1: Economic Opportunities Invest in entrepreneurial and business development strategies that strengthen Appalachia's economy.
Goal 2: Ready Workforce Improve the education, knowledge, skills, and health of residents to work and succeed in Appalachia.
Goal 3: Critical Infrastructure Invest in critical infrastructure- especially broadband; transportation, including the Appalachian Development Highway System; and water/wastewater systems.
Goal 4: Natural and Cultural Assets Strengthen Appalachia's community and economic development potential by leveraging the Region's natural and cultural heritage assets.
Goal 5: Leadership and Community Capacity Build the capacity and skills of current and next-generation leaders and organizations to innovate, collaborate, and advance community and economic development.

The theme of New York State's ARC Strategic Plan is job creation; the plan outlines the following goals (as they relate to job creation):
1) Economic Development
2) Workforce/Community Development
3) Infrastructure 

Eligible Projects.   Proposals will relate to one of the above goals and could include workforce training, basic skills, workforce assessments, economic development plans and strategies, child care and early childhood education, telecommunications, job related infrastructure, leadership, business development, necessary public infrastructure, educational excellence, local government assistance demonstrations, or rural health and mental health initiatives. You can access a list of prior ARC funded projects here. 


Eligible Applicants.   Units of local government, non-profit organizations, and educational institutions may apply for ARC grants.

Amount of Funding.   Grants of up to $150,000 are available for all projects.  In the NYS strategic plan, the state expressed a preference for funding smaller projects, thereby stretching the impact of the ARC grant funding. 

Matching Funds / Continuation.   All grants require a 50% match in cash and/or eligible in-kind services from federal, state, and local sources, although total federal funding is limited to 80% of total project cost for infrastructure, construction, and equipment projects.  ARC provides funds for start-up and the first year of operation, and ARC-funded projects are expected to be self-sufficient after the project period, normally one year.

Basic Agency.  ARC is not able to provide local project monitoring for construction projects.  Therefore, ARC requires applicants for construction projects to arrange, in advance, for a "basic agency" to provide on-the-ground project review.   STC will work with sponsors to identify a basic agency, which will receive an outline of the project in order to determine whether the basic agency can support the project.  Rural Development has a long history of acting as a basic agency in this region.  To use USDA as your Basic Agency, you MUST complete a USDA application; contact the USDA office in Bath for more information.

Procedure.   For FY2021, applications are due August 2020; When the full applications have been reviewed, rated, and ranked; then STC will submit these projects to the NYS ARC representatives (NYS Department of State).  At the New York State Department of State, the projects are reviewed and approved by the Secretary of State and submitted to the federal ARC office.  The federal ARC office will complete an independent project review and allocate funding. 



DOS Smart Growth FormOpen File / 76.77 kB
Date: 1/7/2015
Description: The NYS DOS Smart Growth Assessment form, required for all ARC construction applications. 
ARC Grantwriting PresentationOpen File / 610.24 kB
Date: 5/23/2017
Author: STC,
Description: A presentation given by STC staff at STC's Planning School
2016 Application Guidance from NYSOpen File / 248.50 kB
Date: 5/20/2015
Description: Document outlines the application process for ARC funds, revised with NYS changes.   
ARC - SF 424Open File / 84.01 kB
Date: 5/4/2010
Description: This form is required for all applicants, in addition to the other SF 424 forms. 
ARC - Application FY 2017Open File / 3.83 mb
Date: 4/13/2016

Please complete this application form for all  projects (construction applications and applications like planning studies and human services programs). In addition to the  application applicants pursuing:
1) for construction projects, complete the application and the SF 424, SF 424C and SF 424D
2) for non-construction projects, complete the application and the SF 424, Budget Format B, SF 424A, and SF 424B.

ARC - Budget Format B- for non-construction applicationsOpen File / 24.00 kB
Date: 5/4/2010
Description: Please complete this budget form for all non-construction applications. 
ARC - SF 424AOpen File / 119.63 kB
Date: 5/4/2010
Description: Please complete this SF 424 form for all non-construction programs. 
ARC - SF 424BOpen File / 20.76 kB
Date: 5/4/2010

Assurances for non-construction projects.  Please complete these assurances and submit with the non-construction application, budget format B, and SF 424A. 

ARC - SF424COpen File / 66.78 kB
Date: 5/4/2010
Description: Please complete this form for all Construction projects, submit along with the application and SF 424D
ARC - SF 424DOpen File / 18.97 kB
Date: 5/4/2010
Description: Please complete these assurances and submit with the Construction application and the completed SF 424C. 
CEDS 2015 Project FormOpen File / 40.50 kB
Date: 4/28/2015
Description: Complete this form to include a project in the CEDS.  You may also use this form to provide updated information about projects already listed in the CEDS. 
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