ARC Information​
​Alabama ARC State Plans and Strategies​​
News and Events
​Alabama ARC Application Forms and Documents
ARC Historic Funding



The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) was created by Congress in 1965 to bring the 13 Appalachian states into the mainstream of the American economy. The Commission is a partnership of federal, state, and local governments, and was created to promote economic growth and improve the quality of life in the 13-state region stretching along the Appalachian Mountains from southern New York to northern Mississippi. The region includes 406 counties, incorporating all of West Virginia and counties in 12 other states: Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.

The development organization for the Appalachian program in Alabama functions within the Governor’s Office. Administration responsibilities for the development programs of the ARC are assigned by the Governor to the Director of the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA). As such, the Director serves as an Alternate State Member of the Commission.

The Local Development Districts (LDDs) are our local partners and are an active and essential part of the ARC partnership. There are eight LDDs in Alabama’s Appalachian Region, and each LDD operates under a Board of Directors composed of elected representatives from the various local governments. The eight LDDs are: West Alabama Regional Commission (205/333-2990); Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham (205/251-8139); Top of Alabama Regional Council of Governments (256/830-0818); Northwest Alabama Council of Local Governments (256/389-0555); North Central Alabama Regional Council of Governments (256/355-4515); South Central Alabama Development Commission (334/244-6903); Central Alabama Regional Planning Commission (334/262-4300); and East Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission (256/237-6741). Technical assistance and assistance in the preparation of grant applications are available through each of the LDDs.

Click here to find your Local Development District.​

Alabama’s Appalachian Region includes the 37 northern-most counties. These counties are: Bibb, Blount, Calhoun, Chambers, Cherokee, Chilton, Clay, Cleburne, Colbert, Coosa, Cullman, DeKalb, Elmore, Etowah, Fayette, Franklin, Hale, Jackson, Jefferson, Lamar, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Macon, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Morgan, Pickens, Randolph, St. Clair, Shelby, Talladega, Tallapoosa, Tuscaloosa, Walker, and Winston.

The usual maximum ARC funding per project is $200,000. ARC designates counties to be in one of five groups: Attainment Counties, Competitive Counties, Distressed Counties, At-risk Counties or Transitional Counties. These designations are made on an annual basis. Attainment Counties are not eligible for ARC funding. Competitive Counties are eligible for 30% ARC funding.  Distressed Counties are eligible for 80% ARC funding.  At-Risk Counties are eligible for up to 70% ARC funding. All other counties are Transitional Counties and are eligible for 50% ARC funding.

The goal of the ARC program is to create opportunities for self-sustaining economic development and improved quality of life. All projects must meet one of the following goals established by ARC:

  1. Invest in entrepreneurial and business development strategies that strengthen Appalachia's economy.​

  2. Improve the education, knowledge, skills and health of residents to work and succeed in Appalachia.

  3. Invest in critical infrastructure- especially broadband, transportation, and water/wastewater systems.

  4. Strengthen Appalachia's community and economic development potential by leveraging the Region's natural and cultural heritage assets.

  5. Build the capacity and skills of current and next generation leaders and organizations to innovate, collaborate and advance community and economic development.

Alabama ARC State Plans and Strategies

2016 - 2019 State Plan.pdf2016 - 2019 State Plan
2011-2015 State Plan.pdf2011-2015 State Plan
2007-2010 State Plan.pdf2007-2010 State Plan
2016 ARC State Strategy.pdf2016 ARC State Strategy
2015 ARC State Strategy.pdf2015 ARC State Strategy



Kelly Chasteen, ARC Program Manager​
Phone: (334) 353-2909
Fax: (334) 242-4203


News and Events

ARC / Oak Ridge National Laboratory Summer Science Academy and Institute

The Appalachian Regional Commission is pleased to announce that it is collaborating with the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) in Oak Ridge, Tennessee to provide two residential, hands-on learning institutes focusing on math, science, and technology for high school students and teachers (July 7-20, 2018) and for middle school students (July 15-20, 2018).

ORNL is one of the largest U.S. Department of Energy research facilities in the United States. It is devoted to multi-purpose research and development and is located approximately 20 miles northwest of Knoxville, Tennessee, near the famous Great Smoky Mountains National Park. ORISE is a U.S. Department of Energy facility managed by UT-Batelle. ORAU, a consortium on major universities, cultivates collaborative partnerships that enhance the scientific research and education enterprise of our nation.

The ARC/ORNL/ORAU Summer Science Academy for middle school students and ARC/ORNL Institute for high school students is a unique opportunity for students to work with research scientists on relevant math and scientific topics facing the world in the 21st century. Middle school students, in the one week academy, and high school students and teachers, in the two week institute, work in teams on research projects.  The team approach provides an opportunity to conduct research activities and solve problems in a group setting. Research topics and activities may include such areas as biofuels and alternative energy.

More info...

Please mail applications to the following address no later than March 16, 2018:

Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs
Attention: ARC Program
401 Adams Avenue
Montgomery, AL  36104


High School - Criteria  |  Application

Middle School - Criteria  |  Application

POWER Initiative Workshop - March 14, 2018

The 2018 ARC Partnershps for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) Initiative Workshop will be held in Tuscaloosa on March 14.

Click here for more.

Alabama ARC Application Forms and Documents

All required application information is listed below. Please exactly follow the checklists for Construction or Non-Construction Projects depending on the type of project.

ARC Executive Summary.pdfARC Executive Summary
FY 2018 ARC Goals State Objectives and Strategies.pdfFY 2018 ARC Goals State Objectives and Strategies
FY18 ARC County Economic Status and Match Rates.pdfFY18 ARC County Economic Status and Match Rates
2017 Guidance for Performance Measures.pdf2017 Guidance for Performance Measures
ARC Certification Form.pdfARC Certification Form
Drawdown Form.pdfDrawdown Form
Reimbursement Request Worksheet.pdfReimbursement Request Worksheet
SF 424 with SF 424A.pdfSF 424 with SF 424A
Standard Form 270 (SF270).pdfStandard Form 270 (SF270)
Vendor Payment Form (SF3881).pdfVendor Payment Form (SF3881)
Application for Federal Assistance Instructions.pdfApplication for Federal Assistance Instructions
Checklist for non-construction applications.pdfChecklist for non-construction applications
Assurances - Non-Construction Programs (SF424B).pdfAssurances - Non-Construction Programs (SF424B)
Checklist for construction applications.pdfChecklist for construction applications
Construction Budget Information (SF424C).pdfConstruction Budget Information (SF424C)
Assurances - Construction Programs (SF424D).pdfAssurances - Construction Programs (SF424D)
Guidelines for Compiling Final Reports.pdfGuidelines for Compiling Final Reports


ARC Historic Funding

ARC FY 2016 Projects.docxARC FY 2016 Projects
ARC FY 2015 Projects.docxARC FY 2015 Projects
ARC FY 2014 Projects.docxARC FY 2014 Projects
ARC FY 2013 Projects.docxARC FY 2013 Projects
ARC FY 2012 Projects.docxARC FY 2012 Projects