Each year ARC provides funding for projects throughout the Appalachian Region of North Carolina. Projects approved for ARC assistance must support one of the five general goals.
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.
Eligible applicants are public entities (cities, towns, counties, regions, public service districts) and nonprofit organizations.
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