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Appalachian Regional Commission Economic Development Grant Program

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Program Description

The Appalachian Regional Commission provides financial investment and technical assistance to eligible applicants in support of community and economic development in Georgia’s 37 county Appalachian region.

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. ARC invests in activities that address the five goals identified in the Commission's strategic plan:

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.


Georgia will invest in projects consistent with those priorities identified in the Governor's Annual State Strategy Statement. DCA partners with the five regional commissions serving Georgia’s ARC region to provide technical assistance to local governments and other organizations applying for funds:.

Application Procedures:

All parties interested in ARC investment must complete a pre-application in advance of proceeding to the full application. The necessary pre-application document is available below in Downloads and Related Links. This document is the only approved method of pre-application for funding.

DCA will not comment on any pre-application submitted fewer than 14 business days in advance of the full application deadline.

Fiscal Year 2018 Full Application Deadlines:

  • October 13, 2017
  • January 12, 2018
  • April 13, 2018

Downloads & Related Links

Pre-application Documents:


Documents for non-construction project applications:

Documents for construction project applications:

Documents for all applications:

Contact Information

For more information see the ARC website www.arc.gov or contact Annaka Woodruff or Brittany Pittman