Approximately $50 million will be competitively awarded through 2021 POWER funding for Economic Diversification Investments in Region’s Coal-Impacted Economies in the Appalachian Region

Feb 01, 2021

2021 POWER Funding Grant Funding Opportunity

Approximately $50 million will be competitively awarded through 2021 POWER funding for Economic Diversification Investments in Region’s Coal-Impacted Economies in the Appalachian region. The Appalachian Regional Commission(ARC) released a Request for Proposals for applications for the 2021 POWER (Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization) Initiative. POWER seeks to diversify economies in communities and regions affected by job losses in coal mining, coal power plant operations, and coal-related supply chain industries due to the changing economics of America’s energy production. ARC is making funds available through the POWER Initiative for regional investments to develop a competitive workforce, foster entrepreneurial activities, develop industry clusters, strengthen substance abuse response, and expand broadband in coal-impacted areas. Required Letters of Intent (due Friday, March 5 by 5:00 pm EST) should be submitted via this fillable PDF form to power@arc.gov, and full applications (due Friday, April 16 by 5:00 pm EST) should be submitted online at  power.arc.gov  beginning Tuesday, February 16.

Since 2015, ARC has invested over $238 million in 293 projects touching 353 counties across Appalachia through the POWER Initiative. Together, these investments are projected to create or retain more than 26,000 jobs, leverage more than $1.1 billion in additional private investment into Appalachia’s economy, and prepare tens of thousands of workers and students for opportunities in entrepreneurship, broadband development, tourism, and other industry sectors. POWER investments also support workforce-to-recovery and other comprehensive strategies to strengthen the Region’s Recovery Ecosystem. A recent evaluation report of ARC’s POWER Initiative, conducted by the third party evaluator Chamberlin & Dunn, found that economic development projects funded via ARC’s POWER Initiative met or exceeded targets for jobs retained and or created, businesses created, and revenues increased

Interested applicants can receive virtual, technical assistance through Understanding POWER 2021: An Application Workshop at 11:00am EST on Tuesday, February 2, 2021. This session will update interested applicants on the POWER 2021 RFP and provide tips for a well-rounded application. Shortly after this session, registrants will receive links to seven prerecorded training videos, and will then have the opportunity to ask questions of ARC staff during a live Question & Answer Session on Thursday, February 25 at 11:00 am EST. Understanding POWER 2021 and the live Question & Answer Session are free to attend, although registration is required by 5:00pm EST on Friday, January 29, 2021.

How to Apply

Application guidance and requirements are outlined in the Request for Proposals

Important Dates

February 16, 2021: POWER 2021 Application Portal Opens

March 5, 2021, 5:00pm (ET): POWER 2021 Letter of Intent Submission deadline - fillable PDF form

April 16, 2021, 5:00pm (ET): POWER 2021 Final Applications deadline (Submit through POWER Portal)

Workshop Dates

February 2, 2021: Understanding POWER 2021: An Application Workshop, Virtual workshop: (Registration required on or before January 29, 2021.)

February 25, 2021: ARC live POWER Q&A session registration (Registration required on or before January 29, 2021.)

Important Notes

Review the Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) Initiative 2021 Request for Proposals (RFP) to confirm
that your proposal reflects the intent, priorities, and mission of the POWER Initiative

For more information about ARC’s POWER Initiative visit arc.gov/POWER or contact Kathy Zook by email or at (234) 254-1518.