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:
AREA DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
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
- State & local agencies
- Government entities
- Local governing boards
- Non-profit organizations
- 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
Cherokee County: 20% of the overall project costs must be from local funds or other sources.
*Additional leveraging is encouraged
- Application Request Form (Pre Application)
Full Applications (by invitation only)
- Preliminary Engineering
LAR applications can be submitted to the State Program Manager at any time throughout the year.