Deadline: April 10, 2019; Request for Proposals

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is publishing this Request For Proposal to solicit applications for grants under the Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) Initiative for Federal Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) funding. The POWER Initiative is a congressionally funded initiative that targets federal resources to help communities and regions that have been 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. POWER supports efforts to create a more vibrant economic future for coal-impacted communities by cultivating economic diversity, enhancing job training and re-employment opportunities, creating jobs in existing or new industries, and attracting new sources of investment. This RFP is organized to provide a general overview of the POWER Initiative, as well as the specific requirements needed to complete a POWER FY19 grant application. Additional background information on the POWER Initiative and a complete list of projects that have been funded under this effort is available at: https://www.arc.gov/funding/POWER.asp.

POWER (Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization) is a congressionally funded initiative that targets federal resources to help communities and regions that have been 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.

In Fiscal Year 2019, ARC’s POWER Initiative will continue focusing on investments that are regional, strategic, transformational, and maximize economic revitalization in Appalachia’s coal-impacted communities. POWER investment priorities include:

  • Building a competitive workforce;
  • Enhancing access to and use of broadband services;
  • Fostering entrepreneurial activities; and
  • Developing industry clusters in communities; and
  • Strengthening substance abuse response.

Eligible funding applicants include:

  • 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; and
  • Public or private nonprofit organizations or associations.
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