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Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) Initiative

Grants to USA Nonprofits, IHEs, Agencies, and Tribes
to Strengthen the Economy in Eligible Regions

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Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC)

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03/27/20 5:00 PM EST


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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, IHEs, government agencies, tribes, and development districts to strengthen the economy and expand job opportunities in eligible regions. Applicants must submit a letter of intent and contact the Funding Source prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended to help communities that have experienced job losses in coal-related supply chain industries, coal mining, and coal power plant operations due to the changing economics of America's energy production. Projects must serve and benefit a portion of the Appalachian Region.

ARC serves a 205,000-square-mile region of 25 million people that includes all of West Virginia and parts of twelve other states: Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.

POWER supports efforts to create a more vibrant economic future for coal-impacted communities by cultivating economic diversity, enhancing job training and reemployment opportunities, creating jobs in existing or new industries, and attracting new sources of investment.

For coal-impacted communities to diversify their local and regional economies successfully, POWER prioritizes targeting federal resources to projects and activities that:

  • Will produce multiple economic development outcomes, such as:
    • Diversifying the commercial and industrial bases of local and regional economies;
    • Creating high-quality, well-paying jobs in new and/or existing industries;
    • Attracting new sources of job-creating investment (both public and private); and
    • providing a range of workforce services and skills training, including paid work-based learning opportunities, resulting in industry-recognized credentials for high-quality, in-demand jobs.
  • Are specifically identified under state, local, and/or regional economic development plans; and
  • Have been collaboratively designed by diverse state, local, and regional stakeholders.

POWER FY20 funding will continue to target coal-impacted communities. Proposed projects should demonstrate that communities they propose to serve have direct or indirect coal-impacts as a threshold criterion for POWER funding consideration.

Grant Types

  • Implementation Grants
  • Technical Assistance Grants: In addition to POWER implementation grants, applications for technical assistance (TA) grants are available in FY20 to assist coal-impacted communities and regions in developing plans and strategies for transforming the structure of their local

For details on  POWER Goals, Priorities, and Funding Principles, see pages 5-10 of the RFP document:

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GrantWatch ID#: 183102

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Estimated Size of Grant:

- Implementation Grants: ARC expects to make individual implementation awards in amounts between $400,000 and $1.5 million for each project it awards within the congressionally-defined Appalachian Region (with exceptions for broadband deployment projects, which go up to $2.5 million). Specific award guidelines may vary by type of project.
- Technical Assistance Grants: Up to $50,000 are available in FY20.

Term of Contract:

- Implementation Grants: Applicants can determine the required time period necessary to meet the objectives of their projects. The period of performance for awards under POWER FY20 may be up to three years if warranted by the size and scope of the project.
- Technical Assistance Grants: The period of performance for technical assistance grants typically runs for 12 months.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible ARC applicants are:
- Local development districts
- Indian tribes or a consortium of Indian tribes
- States, counties, cities, or other political subdivision of a state, including a special purpose unit of a state or local government engaged in economic or infrastructure development activities, or a consortium of political subdivisions
- Institutions of higher education or a consortium of institutions of higher education
- Public or private non-profit organizations or associations

Please note that current POWER grantees are eligible to apply for POWER FY20 funds only if they are due to close out their POWER implementation projects within six months of the submission deadline. A section has been added to the application for current or previous POWER grantees to provide a thorough status update on their existing projects. Applications should include an expansion of geography, increased scope of work with an existing concept, or a proposal with a new concept. POWER FY20 funds will not be released until current POWER projects are successfully closed out.

Eligible applicants may partner with fiscal sponsors/agents to administer their grant award. Such applicants seeking to implement a POWER project may utilize a fiscal sponsor/agent to apply for an award on behalf of the implementing organization. For more information, see:

Previous ARC POWER technical assistance grant recipients that have developed an implementation project may apply for POWER FY20 implementation funding.

POWER FY20 grant awards funded in part or in whole with ARC program funds are subject to the same program funding restrictions of other ARC grants. Additional program information is available at the URL for Full Text below.

Pre-proposal Conference:

POWER Initiative Application Workshops:
- January 15, 2020 in Ashland, Kentucky: To register and for more information, see:

Pre-Application Information:

Letters of intent are due by February 28, 2020 at 5:00 PM (ET) in order to officially submit your application. All POWER FY20 applications are due March 27, 2020 at 5:00PM (ET).

Important Dates
- January 13, 2020: POWER 2020 Application Portal Opens
- January 15, 2020: POWER Initiative Application Workshop, Ashland, Kentucky
- January 28, 2020: POWER Initiative Application Workshop, Johnson City, Tennessee
- February 28, 2020, 5:00pm (ET): POWER 2020 Letter of Intent Submission deadline
- March 27, 2020, 5:00pm (ET): POWER 2020 Final Applications deadline

A letter of intent (LOI) to apply for POWER FY20 funding is required before an implementation or technical assistance application can be officially submitted. The LOI template will be available on the application website when the application portal opens January 13, 2020. It is due via email by February 28, 2020. The LOI will then be forwarded to the states impacted by the proposal. Confirmation of receipt will include a passcode that will allow applicant to formally submit their application.

Prior to submission of the final application, every applicant is required to contact the state program managers of the states impacted by the project proposal. The state officials will ensure that the proposals are in alignment with their state Appalachian economic development priorities. (Note: Submission of the LOI does not replace or satisfy the requirement that applicants must contact the appropriate state program managers.)

Under POWER FY20, applicants for an ARC grant must demonstrate a matching share from non-ARC sources that is identified and forthcoming to the project. For more information, see:

Previously submitted POWER applications that were not selected for funding must be resubmitted to receive consideration for POWER FY20 funds.

Applicants are required to:
- Be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) before submitting their application (SAM now encompasses the Central Contractor Registration (CCR));
- Provide a valid Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number, a unique entity identifier, in their application; and
- Continue to maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all times during which they have an active federal award or an application or plan under consideration by a federal awarding agency.

Grants involving construction will require the use of a basic agency to administer the funds, and grantees will be subject to the reporting requirements of that agency. For more information on basic agencies, please follow the link here: Partnerships submitting applications involving construction, renovations, restoration, and other similar activities are strongly encouraged to contact their ARC state program managers and ARC program specialists for guidance on securing a basic agency.

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POWER 2020 Virtual Workshop Series:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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For questions about the POWER Initiative, and to submit LOI, email

See for the complete list of state program managers.

Grant Coverage Areas:

The Appalachian Region includes certain counties in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and all of West Virginia. For more information, see:

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