Appalachian Region Commission

The Appalachian Region Commission (ARC) is a funding program that assist public and public non-profit organizations with funding for community and economic development.  Projects that can be funded include planning, economic studies, education, health care, alternative energy and infrastructure primarily related to the support of economic development. Examples of such projects are water and sewer improvements, industrial parks, multi-tenant facilities and industrial access roads.

Commission Seeking Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) Projects

The North Central Commission is currently accepting Project Summaries for potential grant funding awarded by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC).  These grants are available to state and local governmental agencies and nonprofit organizations.  Any potential projects will need to demonstrate elements of economic development in the Counties of Cameron,Clearfield, Elk, Jefferson, McKean or Potter county’s such as job creation, financial savings, increased capacity, infrastructure enhancements, access roads, etc. These grants are awarded annually and can be instrumental in helping to drive a project toward its completion.

Typical ARC Funding Timeline

  • June:  2-page Project Profiles must be completed and submitted to North Central
  • July:  Projects Prioritized by North Central and submitted to ARC-Harrisburg
  • December:  Applicant is notified if they must submit a “full application”
  • January:  Full Applications are due
  • February-June:  Projects are reviewed locally, in Harrisburg and finally submitted to Washington D.C. for Final Approval
  • September:  Final Funding Approval

General Potential ARC applicants should be aware that all projects must:

  • Implement a specific strategy for addressing one of the four (4) goals in ARC’s Strategic Plan
  • Demonstrate consistency with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s ARC Strategy Statement
  • Demonstrate consistency with the North Central’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS)
  • Funding is generally limited to 50% of eligible project costs
  • ARC Access road projects may be funded up to 100% and must be coordinated through the North Central Rural Transportation Planning Organization (RPO) and PennDOT

The entire process typically takes up to 18 months and potential applicants should keep this in mind when seeking funding.

ARC Application Documents

CategoryDocumentFile
PlansARC Strategic Plan FY16-20PDF
PlansPA ARC State PlanPDF
GuidelinesPA ARC Strategy Statement FY20PDF
Pre-Application ARC Project Summary TemplateWORD
Pre-ApplicationARC Supplemental Questionnaire (Construction & Infrastructure)WORD
Pre-ApplicationRSBA Request Form (Construction)WORD
Full ApplicationFull Application Template (Non-Construction)WORD
Full ApplicationFull Application Template (Construction)WORD
InformationARC Forms and InformationLINKS

Please contact Rachel Wolfel, ARC/EDA Director with any questions you may have. (814) 773-3162 ext. 3052

Economic Development Administration

The Economic Development Administration (EDA) is a funding program that assist public and public non-profit organizations with funding for community and economic development.  Projects that can be funded include planning, economic studies, education, health care, alternative energy and infrastructure primarily related to the support of economic development. Examples of such projects are water and sewer improvements, industrial parks, multi-tenant facilities and industrial access roads.

EDA Projects must comply with the Region’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) – see table below for more information.  The program is open to States, special units of state or local governments or public or private non-profit organizations.

Typical EDA Funding Timeline

  • Applications are accepted on-line through www.grants.gov.
  • Present your project before the CEDS Committee at North Central.  Meetings are typically held in March, May, July, September and November (Subject to change)
  • Projects must comply with the Region’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS)

Eligible Applicants

  • Private institutions of Higher Learning
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS
  • State Governments
  • Native American Tribal governments (Federally Recognized)
  • County, City or Township Governments
  • Nonprofits having 501(c)(3) status with the IRS

CEDS Planning

The planning process, including engaging a regional CEDS committee, is intended to bring public and private sectors together to provide a baseline of information, set forth goals and establish targeted strategies and performance measures for documenting successful economic and community development.  This integration of coordinated economic development also provides for the sharing of talent and resources and provides the flexibility to adapt to regional economic conditions.  The CEDS is designed to encourage the exchange of meaningful strategies on how communities can soundly manage growth and development to efficiently and effectively link Land Use, Transportation, and Economic Development decision‐making at a regional level.  Click here for a summary of  the CEDS Requirements from the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration.

EDA Application Documents

CategoryPlanYearFile
CEDS CommitteeNorth Central CEDS Committee2019PDF
CEDS PlanFull Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy: September 2018- September 20232018PDF

CEDS Annual Reports

CategoryPlanYear File
2019-2020Annual Performance Report (7/1/2019-6/30/2020)2019PDF
2018-2019Annual Performance Report (7/1/2018-6/30/2019)2018PDF

NCPRPDC Regional Unemployment Rate Data

CategoryPlanYearFile
UnemploymentBy Our Six County Area2018PDF
UnemploymentBy Our Six County Area2019PDF