How to Apply


1. In planning your next project, review the ARC Strategic Plan & NY Program Strategies and consider how your new (or expanding) project supports ARC’s Investment Goals.

2. Gather a Letter of Alignment from the County Planning Director of the community that your project serves. (If you plan to serve multiple counties, you must collect a letter from each of the County Planning Directors). For a list of Planning Directors, click here.

3. Review the Performance Measures document for your specific goal area and define your project’s impact by defining your unique performance measures.  See Guidance document Performance Measures.

Details: $150,000 is the maximum eligible investment, with a dollar per dollar cash and/or in-kind match.  Projects with committed match will rank higher than those with pending match. Projects serving Opportunity Zone communities may rank higher than other projects.  Funds must be used for new activities or expansion of programs & show sustainability following ARC's investment.  Funding of existing programs is not an eligible expense. *A “basic agency” will be required for any construction project.  The Review Committee will meet on June 25th to determine what applicants will be invited to submit a full application for FY2022 investments & if invited, a mandatory training will be provided on July 1st. The full application will be due by 3pm July 23, 2021

4. Have additional Questions? Want to talk about your project idea first? Call Dot at (607) 727 3077 to learn more.

What is ARC?

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. New York State Department of State serves as the state partner for this federal investment opportunity. Local participation is provided through multi-county local development districts (LDDs). Southern Tier 8 is the Region’s Local Development District for the 8 counties of  Broome, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Otsego, Schoharie, Tioga and Tompkins.

ARC invests in projects that support their current investment 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. (NOTE: ARC may have limited 2021 investments in this goal area).

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.


Electronic Code of Federal Regulations (2 CFR Part 200)

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The Region's 5-year Plan (Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy: CEDS)

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ARC Strategic Plan

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NYS DOS Investment Strategies

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Grant Information Session for Area Development FY2022

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