ARC Distressed Counties
ARC_LogoThe 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.

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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.

If you feel that you may have a qualifying project, please contact Bob Rusiewski @ 814-773-3162

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.

Please contact Bob Rusiewski – 814-773-3162 to discuss your special project

ARC Application Documents

Category Plan Year File
ARC Strategic Plan FY 16-20 Strategic Plan 2016 LINK
ARC Guidelines ARC State Strategy Document 2017 PDF
ARC Guidelines Guide to Non-construction Proposals 2016 PDF
ARC Guidelines Guide to Construction Proposals 2016 PDF
ARC Guidelines Guidance for Performance Measures 2016 PDF
ARC Application Info. 2-Page Pre-Application Profile Template 2018 WORD
ARC Application Info. Full Application Template (Non-Construction) 2018 WORD
ARC Application Info. Full Application Template (Construction) 2018 WORD
ARC Forms ARC Forms 2015 LINK