Funding Opportunities

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Funding opportunities, requests for proposals, requests for applications, and other grant opportunities for ADECA’s multitude of programs will be posted to this page. Check back regularly for updates.

This page lists currently open opportunities only. Click here for a full list of all of ADECA’s programs.

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Federal Initiatives and Recreation Division

Land and Water Conservation Fund

Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program – deadline: March 1, 2023 at 12 p.m. (noon)

Notice of intent to apply for funding to ADECA is due no later than 12:00 P.M. on Friday, January 27, 2023.

ORLP Announcement 2022

ORLP Grant Application

NOFO Revised Full Application


Appalachian Regional Commission

ARC’s J-1 Visa Waiver Program RFP – deadline: February 24, 2023.

ARC invites proposals from qualified consultants to identify current contact information and collect feedback from sponsoring medical practices, physician supervisors, and physicians who participated in ARC’s J-1 visa waiver program from 2012 through 2021. This outreach will help ARC learn about the experiences of physicians and sponsoring medical practices, the impact on communities served by ARC’s J-1 visa waiver program, and the likelihood that physicians will stay in their community after completing their three-year commitment.

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READY Appalachia – deadline: March 10, 2023.

READY Appalachia is ARC’s new community capacity-building initiative offering flexible funding to organizations in four key economic development pillars: nonprofits, community foundations, local governments, and Local Development Districts, and free training to the Appalachians that work for them.

READY Local Governments will help local government employees better apply for, manage, leverage, and implement federally funded projects to invest in infrastructure, business and workforce development, and other long-term solutions to improve the lives of residents.

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Investments Supporting Partnerships in Recovery Ecosystem (INSPIRE) Initiativedeadline: March 17, 2023.

ARC is now accepting applications for the Investments Supporting Partnerships in Recovery Ecosystem (INSPIRE) Initiative to create or expand a recovery ecosystem in Appalachia that will lead to workforce entry or re-entry.

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Appalachian Collegiate Research Initiative – deadline: March 31, 2023 at 5 p.m. Eastern

The Appalachian Regional Commission (“ARC”) is seeking proposals from colleges and universities (“Institutions”) in and near the Appalachian Region to participate in the Appalachian Collegiate Research Initiative (“ACRI”). As part of the ACRI, each participating Institution offers at least one for-credit course during the 2023 Fall Semester in which students address the question, “How do we support community economic development to help build a sustainable future and close the socioeconomic gap between Appalachia and the rest of the nation?”

Administered by East Tennessee State University Center of Excellence for Appalachian Studies and Services, the ACRI engages students from up to 16 colleges and universities in place-based learning experiences in which they practice community economic development firsthand. Following completion of their community-based research project, the ACRI provides a forum in which students share their work with their peers, with ARC administration and staff, and with invited guests, including community partners and university administrators.

Through this model, the ACRI directly invests in one of Appalachia’s most precious resources: its future leaders. By promoting student engagement with Appalachian communities, fostering leadership development, and bringing students, faculty, and leaders together to share their ideas, this project directly supports ARC’s mission to “Innovate, partner, and invest to build community capacity and strengthen economic growth in Appalachia.”

The Request for Proposals (RFP) can be found at Questions concerning the RFP must be received by email to no later than 12:00 p.m. ET on March 10, 2023. ARC reserves the right not to answer questions received after that time. Proposals are due on or before 5:00 p.m. ET March 31, 2023.


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