The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is a federal-state partnership that works with the people of Appalachia to create opportunities for self-sustaining economic development and improved quality of life. Local Development Districts, like Buckeye Hills Regional Council, work in partnership with the ARC to promote regional strategies for partnerships, progress, and prosperity.
The Appalachian Regional Commission has been providing resources to this 13 state region of the U.S. since 1965. For more information about the ARC, visit their website by clicking here.
To maximize investments made by the ARC in Ohio, the Governor’s Office of Appalachia (GOA) was formed in 1986 to enhance those opportunities with matching state funds for projects. Ohio is the only state in the ARC region to match the federal allocation with state funds. To learn more about the GOA, visit their website by clicking here.
ARC approves funding for more than 400 projects annually throughout the 13-state Appalachian Region.
How to Apply for Funding
Project funding traditionally follows the ARC’s federal priority goal areas, identified below.
Goal 1: Economic Opportunities | Invest in entrepreneurial and business development strategies that strengthen Appalachia’s economy.
Goal 2: Ready Workforce | Increase the education, knowledge, skills, and health of residents to work and succeed in Appalachia.
Goal 3: Critical Infrastructure | Invest in critical infrastructure—especially broadband and 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.
Additionally, projects considered for funding are deemed competitive if they meet at least one of the following priority areas:
Create and/or retain private sector jobs in the District
Extend or upgrade water or sewer service to residents of the District
Provide quality health care to residents of the District
Provide job skills training to residents of the District
Eligible projects for funding include:
Education and Training
Entrepreneurship and Business Development
Transportation and Highways
Projects recommended for ARC funding by Buckeye Hills must have all matching funds committed.