ARC Information​
​Alabama ARC State Plans and Strategies​​
News and Events
​Alabama ARC Workshop Presentations
​Alabama ARC Application Forms and Documents
​Alabama ARC Environmental Compliance
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 420 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:

Northwest Alabama Council of Local Governments

Counties: Colbert, Franklin, Lauderdale, Marion, Winston

North Central Alabama Regional Council of Governments

Counties: Cullman, Lawrence, Morgan

Top of Alabama Regional Council of Governments

Counties: DeKalb, Jackson, Limestone, Madison, Marshall

West Alabama Regional Commission

Counties: Bibb, Fayette, Hale, Lamar, Pickens, Tuscaloosa

Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham

Counties: Blount, Chilton, Jefferson, St. Clair, Shelby, Walker

East Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission

Counties: Calhoun, Chambers, Cherokee, Clay, Cleburne, Coosa, Etowah, Randolph, Talladega, Tallapoosa

Central Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission

County: Elmore

South Central Alabama Development Commission

County: Macon

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

2020 - 2023 State Plan.pdf2020 - 2023 State Plan
2016 - 2019 State Plan.pdf2016 - 2019 State Plan
2011 - 2015 State Plan.pdf2011 - 2015 State Plan
2007 - 2010 State Plan.pdf2007 - 2010 State Plan
2021 ARC State Strategy.pdf2021 ARC State Strategy
2020 ARC State Strategy.pdf2020 ARC State Strategy
2019 ARC State Strategy.pdf2019 ARC State Strategy
2018 ARC State Strategy.pdf2018 ARC State Strategy
2017 ARC State Strategy.pdf2017 ARC State Strategy
2016 ARC State Strategy.pdf2016 ARC State Strategy
2015 ARC State Strategy.pdf2015 ARC State Strategy



Crystal G. Talley
ARC Program Manager
(334) 353-2630

Cleandra Dixon
ARC Program Supervisor​
Phone: (334) 353-2909


News and Events

POWER Initiative

A Request for Proposals (RFP) has been issued for the ARC POWER Initiative. See the Funding Opportunities page for details.

Environmental Review Update

ARC Environmental Review Process Update

Appalachia Nonprofit Resource Center

The Appalachia Nonprofit Resource Center is a virtual training hub to help the Region’s nonprofits successfully navigate the COVID crisis.

Regional nonprofits are invited to apply for dedicated technical assistance coaching focusing on long-term operational sustainability during the COVID crisis.

Any registered nonprofit located in the ARC Region with two or more employees and a pre-pandemic operating budget of $100,000 or more during 2020 is eligible to apply. Applications are due Friday, October 9, 2020 at 4pm CST.

More information is at

Advanced Welding Workforce Initiative

The Advanced Welding Workforce Initiative (AWWI) is a partnership between ARC and the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) to increase education and training for advanced technical workers in Appalachia.

RFP: ARC is seeking applications for projects that will support the education and training of advanced technical workers in Appalachia.

More information at

Legal Updates - Residential Infrastructure Projects

Read Legal Updates, Vol. VII regarding residential infrastructure projects.

Click here.


INvestments Supporting Partnerships In Recovery Ecosystems (INSPIRE)

The Appalachian Regional Commission is now accepting applications for funding for the INvestments Supporting Partnerships in Recovery Ecosystems (INSPIRE). The purpose of the Initiative is to address the substance abuse crisis by creating or expanding a recovery ecosystem that will lead to workforce entry or re-entry. Please visit for additional information on the Initiative and to view the INSPIRE Request for Proposals.

Alabama ARC Workshop Presentations

2021 ARC Environmental Compliance.pptx2021 ARC Environmental Compliance
2021 ARC Application Workshop Presentation.pptx2021 ARC Application Workshop Presentation
2020 ARC State Presentation.pptx2020 ARC State Presentation
2020 ARC Federal Presentation.pptx2020 ARC Federal Presentation
2020 ARC Environmental Compliance.pptx2020 ARC Environmental Compliance

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 2021 ARC County Economic Status and Match Rates.pdfFY 2021 ARC County Economic Status and Match Rates
FY 2021 ARC Goals State Objectives and Strategies.pdfFY 2021 ARC Goals State Objectives and Strategies
Legal Updates Vol. VII - Residential Infrastructure Grants.pdfLegal Updates Vol. VII - Residential Infrastructure Grants
Match Rate Guidance.pdfMatch Rate Guidance
Guidance for Performance Measures.pdfGuidance for Performance Measures
ARC Certification Form.pdfARC Certification Form
Drawdown Form.pdfDrawdown Form
Reimbursement Request Worksheet.pdfReimbursement Request Worksheet
SF 424 Application for Federal Assistance.pdfSF 424 Application for Federal Assistance
SF 424A Non-Construction Budget.pdfSF 424A Non-Construction Budget
SF 424B Assurances Non-Construction.pdfSF 424B Assurances Non-Construction
SF 424C Construction Budget.pdfSF 424C Construction Budget
SF 424D Assurances Construction.pdfSF 424D Assurances Construction
Standard Form 270 (SF270).pdfStandard Form 270 (SF270)
SF 3881 Vendor Payment Form.pdfSF 3881 Vendor Payment Form
Checklist for ARC Non-Construction Applications.pdfChecklist for ARC Non-Construction Applications
Checklist for ARC Construction Applications.pdfChecklist for ARC Construction Applications
Procurement Certification.pdfProcurement Certification
Guidelines for Compiling Final Reports.pdfGuidelines for Compiling Final Reports

Alabama ARC Environmental Compliance

ARC Environmental Review Process Update.pdfARC Environmental Review Process Update
ARC FPN - Floodplain Notices.docxARC FPN - Floodplain Notices
ARC NOI - Notice of Intent.docmARC NOI - Notice of Intent
ARC CN - Combined Notice.docxARC CN - Combined Notice
ARC AOP - Affidavit of Posting.docxARC AOP - Affidavit of Posting
ARC RROF - Request for Release of Funds.pdfARC RROF - Request for Release of Funds
ARC NER - Notice of Environmental Review.pdfARC NER - Notice of Environmental Review

For CDBG Environmental Compliance requirements, visit the CDBG Environmental website.

ARC Historic Funding

ARC FY 2019 Projects.docxARC FY 2019 Projects
ARC FY 2018 Projects.docxARC FY 2018 Projects
ARC FY 2017 Projects.docxARC FY 2017 Projects
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