$45 Million POWER Funding Available For Economic Development in Appalachia’s Coal-Impacted Communities
Appalachian Regional Commission releases new RFP for POWER 2019 grant funding.
The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is a regional economic development agency that represents a partnership of federal, state, and local government. Established by an act of Congress in 1965, ARC is composed of the governors of the 13 Appalachian states and a federal co-chair, who is appointed by the president.
As one of its first orders of new business in the new year, ARC has released a new RFP for POWER (Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization). POWER is a congressionally funded initiative that targets federal resources to help communities and regions that have been affected by job losses in coal mining, coal power plant operations, and coal-related supply chain industries due to the changing economics of America's energy production.
The Request for Proposals for POWER 2019 is now available. ARC will begin accepting applications for funding on February 1, 2019, and are due April 10, 2019, 5:00pm (EDT).
Approximately $45 million will be awarded through a competitive granting process.
In Fiscal Year 2019, ARC's POWER Initiative will continue focusing on investments that are regional, strategic, transformational, and maximize economic revitalization in Appalachia?s coal-impacted communities. POWER investment priorities include:
- Building a competitive workforce;
- Enhancing access to and use of broadband services;
- Fostering entrepreneurial activities; and
- Developing industry clusters in communities; and
- Strengthening substance abuse response.
Eligible funding applicants include:
- Local development districts;
- Indian Tribes or a consortium of Indian Tribes;
- States, counties, cities, or other political subdivision of a state, including a special purpose unit of a state or local government engaged in economic or infrastructure development activities, or a consortium of political subdivisions;
- Institutions of higher education or a consortium of institutions of higher education; and
- Public or private nonprofit organizations or associations.
Before submitting a funding proposal, potential applicants must contact the appropriate ARC state program manager for specific guidance pertaining to the eligible use of POWER funds in their state.
Along with releasing this RFP, ARC also updated www.arc.gov/power with resources and materials to help prepare a competitive funding application.
ARC staff is hitting the road for a series of free regional workshops for community officials, economic development leaders, as well as representatives from nonprofits, educational institutions, local governments, and other interested organizations interested in this funding opportunity. The first workshop will be in Alabama on January 24 in a series of four workshops ARC is hosting along with other state partners and other community leaders on how to prepare competitive applications for funding available through ARC’s 2019 POWER Initiative.
Each workshop will run from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm and will include a light breakfast and lunch. Attendance is free, however pre-registration is required as space is limited.
Join ARC at one of its workshops by registering at www.arc.gov/workshops.
POWER in Appalachia
To date, ARC has awarded $120 million through the POWER Initiative to help coal-impacted communities in 309 Appalachian counties diversify and grow their economies. These 149 POWER investments are projected to create or retain almost 14,000 jobs, leverage an additional $403 million in investment, and prepare thousands of workers and students with globally competitive skills and opportunities in the Region's manufacturing, technology, entrepreneurship, agriculture, and other emerging sectors. Read ARC's POWER project summaries to learn how these investments are growing Appalachia's economy.
How to Prepare and Application
Download the Request for Proposals for ARC's 2019 POWER Initiative. Read the RFP, review application resources, and learn more about this opportunity at www.arc.gov/power will formally begin accepting applications for funding February 1, 2019.