ARC: Investing in Appalachia's Economic Future
Appalachian Regional Commission
All applicants must work with STC staff while developing their applications. STC staff will assist applicants with questions about grantwriting, funding, budgets, and letters of support.
Feel free to read local news reports about this grant program:
For the Federal Fiscal Year 2024 funding cycle (April 1, 2023-September 30, 2024), STC will require one full application (no pre- application). The ARC application is due in the STC office on Thursday September 14th. STC staff will review projects for completion if submitted 2 weeks before the deadline. The preliminary review is an essential way to improve the project’s ranking.
The most current application forms are available in the green box below, labeled “Grant at a Glance”. Also, please utilise the document “NYS Implementing Strategies” for an overview of the grant requirements and process.
Grant at a Glance
Deadline: around 9/14/2023
ARC Applications are formed by combining all of the required forms listed blow. You should complete and combine the forms 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.
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.
With questions, contact Victoria Ehlen:
$500,000 although applications for significantly smaller grants have been submitted. This year, NY will consider funding up to $500,000 for construction projects. STC may consider funding multi-year applications.
Local Match Required:
(cash and/or in-kind)
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 related to job creation):
- Building Appalachian Businesses
- Building Appalachia’s Workforce Ecosystem
- Building Appalachia’s Infrastructure
- Building Regional Culture and Tourism
- Building Community Leaders and Capacity
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.
Amount of Funding
Grants of up to $200,000 are available for all projects. Construction projects can apply for up to $500,000. In the NYS strategic plan, the state expressed a preference for funding smaller projects, thereby stretching the impact of the ARC grant funding. STC is also considering allowing phased funding applications for 2 or 3 years (please reach out to STC’s staff to discuss if this seems interesting).
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.
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.
For FY2024, applications are due on Thursday, September 14th, 2023 (9/14/23); 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 (typically in the following March) and submitted to the federal ARC office for review before June. The federal ARC office will complete an independent project review, allocate funding, and notify successful applicants.