Appalachian Regional Commission

ARC: Investing in Appalachia's Economic Future

Appalachian Regional Commission

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.  

Please contact Victoria Ehlen for more information about the ARC program at  vehlen@stcplaning.org

For the Federal Fiscal Year 2021 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 August 20th, 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 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

2021 Draft Master Application (construction and non-construction)

Deadline: August 20, 2020

This document illustrates the appearance 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.

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:

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)

Fiscal year 2021 Draft Guidance and Implementing Strategies

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.

New York State's ARC Strategy Plan

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):

  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.

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 FY2020, applications are due on September 3rd, 2019; 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.