Appalachian Regional Commission

About the Appalachian Regional Commission

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is an economic development agency of the federal government and 13 state governments focusing on 420 counties across the Appalachian Region. ARC’s mission is to innovate, partner, and invest to build community capacity and strengthen economic growth in Appalachia to help the Region achieve socioeconomic parity with the nation. 

ARC in South Carolina: 


South Carolina receives approximately $2M in ARC Area Development funds annually; these funds may be available to eligible grantees through competitive grants. 

To be eligible, a project must benefit one or more of the six (6) counties in Appalachian South Carolina: Anderson, Cherokee, Greenville, Oconee, Pickens, and Spartanburg

Eligible applicants include: 
  • State & local agencies
  • Government entities
  • Local governing boards
  • Non-profit organizations
Projects must address one or more of the goals identified in the Commission's strategic plan: 
  • Economic Opportunities: investments in entrepreneurial business development strategies that strengthen the economy of Appalachia 
  • Ready Workforce: investments in improved education, knowledge, skills and health of residents to work and succeed in Appalachia
  • Critical Infrastructure: investments in critical infrastructure that is necessary for economic development to include broadband, transportation, water and wastewater
  • Core Natural and Cultural Assets: investment in the region's natural and cultural heritage assets that strengthen Appalachia’s community and economic development potential
  • Leadership and Community Capacity:  investments that build the capacity and skills of current and next generation leaders and organizations to innovate, partner and advance community and economic development  
Construction Projects:                   $ 500,000 
Non Construction Projects:            $ 250,000 
Planning Projects:                          $   50,000 
Anderson, Greenville, Oconee, Pickens, and Spartanburg County: 50%  of the overall project costs must be from local funds or other sources

Cherokee County: 20% of the overall project costs must be from local funds or other sources.

*Additional leveraging is encouraged

Monday, November 18, 2016- Pre Applications (Application Requests) 
Monday, January 23, 2017-Full Application Due (By Invitation Only)
Recommended Project Start Date: July or October 2017
Upon completion of the SC’s portion of the Appalachian Development Highway System (US Highway 25) remaining Federal Funds have been set aside to be used to fund local access roads that facilitate economic development and maximize the investment in the ADHS. South Carolina has approximately $11M in funds remaining for the LAR Grant Program. LAR project require coordination with SCDOT prior to approval. 

Funding Limits: 
The State may approve up to $3M in LAR Projects annually. Project funding is 100%.

Eligible Phases include: 
  • Preliminary Engineering
  • Right-of-Way
  • Construction

LAR applications can be submitted to the State Program Manager at any time throughout the year.

South Carolina State Strategy Statement

South Carolina Development Plan

State Program Manager  
Jill A. Francisco 
Grants Manager  
(803) 734-0568 

South Carolina Department of Commerce
1201 Main Street, Suite 1600
Columbia, SC 29201
(803) 734-0429

Appalachian Regional Commission:
ARC Grants:
ARC Strategic Plan 2016-2020