ARC POWER Applications Are Now Open

06 February 2024

Today the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) issued a Notice of Solicitations of Applications (NOSA) for its POWER (Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization) Initiative. POWER directs federal resources to bring economic diversification and new opportunities to Appalachian communities affected by job losses in coal mining, coal power plant operations, and coal-related supply chain industries.

Through POWER awards in 2024, ARC funding will continue to leverage entrepreneurship, workforce development, infrastructure, agriculture, and other projects to enhance job training and reemployment opportunities, create jobs in existing or new industries, and attract new sources of private investment in coal-impacted communities.

Successful POWER grant applications will demonstrate the ability to produce diverse economic development outcomes, including diversifying local and regional economic bases, creating stable employment opportunities in new or emerging industries, expanding workforce service and skills training, and attracting new sources of public and private investment. Proposals may also include plans to integrate activities with existing economic development projects and support the implementation of existing economic development strategic plans on a local, regional, or federal level. 


Since POWER’s establishment in 2015, ARC has invested more than $420 million in 507 projects across 365 coal-impacted Appalachian counties. Learn more about the POWER Initiative and how to apply.

Additional information about POWER and the application process can be found at Interested applicants in the Eastgate region (Ashtabula, Mahoning, and Trumbull Counties of Ohio) may also contact Kathy Zook, Eastgate ARC Program Manager, at or 234.254.1518