The Appalachian Regional Commission
With the passage of the S.496 Appalachian Regional Development Act Amendments on October 8, 2008, Ashtabula, Mahoning, and Trumbull Counties were added to the 13 state Appalachian Region. At Eastgate's 2009 Annual General Policy Board meeting, the Governor’s Office of Appalachia announced Eastgate will be responsible for administering the ARC program in our Local Development District.
This program is funded by the Appalachian Regional Commission and the Ohio Governor’s Office of Appalachia to provide matching grant funds to fill a gap for eligible applicants in support of economic development projects. The Commission is a partnership of the governors of the 13 Appalachian States and a presidential appointee representing the federal government.
Potential projects for consideration must meet at least one of the four ARC goals in order to receive funding.
The four ARC goal areas are:
1. Increase job opportunities and per capita income in Appalachia to reach parity with the nation.
2. Strengthen the capacity of the people of Appalachia to compete in the global economy.
3. Develop and improve Appalachia's infrastructure to make the Region economically competitive.
4. Build the Appalachian Development Highway System to reduce Appalachia's isolation.
- Political subdivisions (county, city, village)
- Educational institutions (school district and vocational school districts, colleges and universities)
- Public institutions (port authorities, libraries)
- Non-profit Organizations (community improvement corporations, social
- service agencies)
Examples of types of projects eligible for funding:
- Funds available for projects that help communities create and retain businesses and jobs
- Help communities develop an educated, skilled workforce
- Create access to affordable, quality health care
- Support the development and improvement of infrastructure.
- Telecommunications / Broadband
- Energy Grants
May 9th, 2012:
**FY2013 ARC Pre-Applications Now Being Accepted by Eastgate - Deadline Friday, June 15, 2012.
Please contact Kathy Zook at our office for more information on the ARC program.