On Monday, ARC announced our new partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on the Community Capacity-Building Pilot Program, which will help local development districts and elected officials strategically deploy American Rescue Plan Act funding across Appalachia.
“We are so pleased to join forces with the EPA on the Community Capacity-Building Pilot Program. This partnership will strengthen the depth and reach of the pilot program to help our Appalachian communities maximize this historic infusion of federal funding through the ARPA Local Fiscal Recovery Fund,” said ARC Federal Co-Chair Gayle Manchin.
ARC is also seeking proposals from qualified organizations to provide community technical assistance during the next phase of the program. Proposals are due January 14, 2022, at 5 p.m. EST.
Supported by ARC and organized by the Center for Appalachian Studies and Services at East Tennessee State University (ETSU), students receive college credit for participating in ATP, and schools participating in ATP offer a directed seminar guiding students in developing and executing field-based research projects specific to the needs of their surrounding communities and in alignment with ARC’s investment priorities.
We'll have ATP presentation recaps (and digital posters!) in next week's issue - stay tuned 👩🏻🎓
Community Need: After ARC's POWER Initiative launched in 2016, the Hub mobilized to offer free resources and training to help eligible WV applicants prepare competitive project proposals.
Solution: The WV POWER Summit is an annual gathering of WV-based ARC POWER grantees (and anyone interested in POWER!) to exchange best practices, share application tips, hear from ARC grant management experts, and more.
Outcomes: 7 WV POWER Summits have been hosted, with 150 people attending in November 2021. All summit resources are now available, including video interviews and advice from current POWER grantees. Anyone in the Appalachian Region can benefit from this information!