Eastgate ARC

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is a regional economic development agency that represents a partnership of federal, state, and local government. It was established by an act of Congress in 1965. The Appalachian region is home to more than 25 million people covering 420 counties in 13 states from New York to Mississippi. Local Development Districts (LDD) work together with the states and ARC to promote regional strategies for partnerships, progress and prosperity. This partnership in turn assists the people of Appalachia create opportunities for self-sustaining economic development and improved quality of life. For more information about the ARC, visit their website.

The Eastgate ARC 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 projects that meet federal and state program goals. These projects are administered by the Local Development Districts. In Ohio, the four LDDs are: Buckeye Hills-Hocking Valley, OMEGA, Ohio Valley Region Development Commission, and Eastgate. In 2016, the Ohio LDDs administered 50 ARC projects with a total project cost of $61,653,671 which resulted in 748 new jobs and another 1,7825 jobs retained in the region. See our 2016 Return on Investment report for more information.

2017 Ohio Appalachian Assistance Grants ROI Report

Eligible applicants:

  • 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)

Federal ARC Priority Goal Areas

The Appalachian Regional Commission’s federal priority goal areas are listed below. For more information, please visit the ARC website.

  • 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; 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.

Information on the Goals, Objectives, Strategies, and Suggested Performance Measures for federal ARC projects can be found in the 2016-2020 ARC Strategic Plan.

Through the Governor’s Office of Appalachia (GOA) state funds are provided for projects. Ohio is the only state in the ARC region to match the federal allocation with state funds. For more information about the GOA, visit their website. The Ohio ARC State Goals are summarized below:

  • Goal 1: Increase job opportunities and per capita income in Appalachia to reach parity with the nation.
  • Goal 2: Strengthen the capacity of the people of Appalachia to compete in the global economy.
  • Goal 3: Develop and improve Appalachia’s infrastructure to make the region economically competitive.
  • Goal 4: Build the Appalachian Development Highway System (ADHS) to reduce Appalachia’s isolation.

FY2019 Appalachian Regional Commission Funding

Eastgate is announcing the opening of the FY2019 ARC Program Pre-application process from April 2, 2018 through May 11, 2018. Mandatory Pre-applications are due at the Eastgate office by 3pm on Friday May 11th.  If interested in applying for FY2019 ARC funding, please contact Kathy Zook before you begin the pre-application so we may discuss your project eligibility and program criteria. As per page 5 of the instruction booklet, all applicants are required to attend the Eastgate ARC Pre-Application Workshop on Friday, April 20th at 1:30pm in the Eastgate Mill Creek room (large conference room). It is preferred the primary person responsible for writing the grant from your agency is the person who attends this workshop to represent your organization. Please contact Kathy Zook to confirm your attendance so we may provide handout materials for all participants. The FY2019 ARC allocation is determined by Congress. We anticipate knowing the amount of allocation for our three-county district sometime after the new Federal fiscal year starts in October 2018.

Examples of types of projects eligible for funding

  • 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/workforce development for residents of the District
  • Develop/improve infrastructure for residents of the District
  • Improve economic opportunity
  • Improve broadband access
  • Improve AHDS and access roads to decrease isolation and increase job creation
  • Strengthen economic development by leveraging natural and cultural assets
  • Foster leadership and community capacity

NOTE: Projects recommended for ARC funding by EASTGATE must have ALL matching funds committed.

Please contact Kathy Zook, Eastgate ARC Program Manager with any questions regarding ARC programming.