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Appalachian Local Access Road Program

The Appalachian Local Access Road program provides matching funds for preliminary engineering, purchase of right-of-way, and initial construction of eligible access road projects. Eligible access road projects link businesses, communities, and residents to the Appalachian Development Highway System and to other key parts of the region's transportation network with the construction of local access roads compatible with local development plans and related to employment opportunities and the stimulation of economic development.

Area Development Grants

The Area Development grants promote a diversified regional economy through strategies that help communities create and retain businesses and jobs. They help communities develop an educated, skilled workforce and create access to affordable health care. They also support the development and improvement of infrastructure, including water and sewer services and the development and use of Internet access.

Distressed County Program

The Appalachian Regional Commission designates distressed county status based on low per capita income and high rates of poverty and unemployment. In 2000, the Commission approved the creation of an enhanced program for distressed counties that funds public facilities, infrastructure and human resources projects, as well as projects to provide strategic planning and technical assistance for economic development, community learning and leadership development. The program has two parts: a capacity-building effort and a telecommunications and information technology initiative. Applicants in distressed counties are eligible to request up to 80% of the total project costs.

ARC’s POWER Initiative

The POWER (Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization) Initiative supports coal-impacted communities and regions by allocating federal funds to enhance job training and re-employment opportunities. Investments create or retain jobs, and prepare workers and students for opportunities in entrepreneurship, broadband development, tourism and other industry sectors.

ARC’s INSPIRE Initiative

The Investments Supporting Partnerships in Recovery Ecosystems (INSPIRE) Initiative provides grants to projects addressing the substance abuse crisis by creating or expanding recovery efforts that will lead to workforce entry or re-entry. Projects are encouraged to support the post-treatment-to-employment continuum, aligning multiple sectors and resources, including but not limited to, recovery communities, peer support, health, human services, faith communities, criminal justice, public safety, housing, transportation, education and employers.

How to Apply

The Governor's Office of Appalachia works with local development districts to administer grant programs. Funding for the grants comes from the Appalachian Regional Commission or the State of Ohio.

Interested applicants should contact their local development district to obtain application guidelines and forms and to design and refine proposed projects.

View the Interactive Map of Ohio's Appalachian region