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March 10, 2022  |  Volume 7, Issue 10
Celebrating the Women of Appalachia
Appalachian women have always been a source of community leadership, innovation, and resilience. We're excited to honor that legacy during Women's History Month by spotlighting women we're proud to call ARC partners.

Stay tuned for those stories. Until then, check out this 100 Days in Appalachia essay penned by Ivy Brashear, Appalachian Transition Director for our partner, Mountain Association.

"Without generations of mountain women piecing and holding it all together, there might not have been people remaining in Appalachia to whom we can tell these stories."
Making It Real: Girls & Manufacturing
  • Location: Jamestown, New York
  • Community Need: Manufacturing is the third largest industry sector in the Western New York, but only 27% of the manufacturing workforce includes women.
  • Solution: The Girls & Manufacturing program will increase the participation of girls in programs oriented towards manufacturing careers, establish strong female role models in manufacturing, and increase the number of high-school girls entering STEM based post-secondary training.
  • Grants Received: $115,848
  • Outcomes: 20 female mentors have worked with the program, over 4,000 girls have participated in Dream It, Do It events, and the program has created guides and curriculum templates for continued use in the future.
  • Read Dream It, Do It's full story here
It's Almost Springtime in Appalachia 🌸
Outdoor Recreation Grant Awarded in Maryland

Western Maryland was awarded ARC funding to develop trail systems and advance the outdoor recreation economy.

Water Trails Unite Community in West Virginia

Lincoln County created access points along the Guyandotte River to encourage more residents to enjoy water recreation. 

Blue Ridge Craft Trail Completed in Western North Carolina

The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area created a local map covering more than 300 artists and galleries. 
Summer Learning Opportunities Applications Due Next Week
ARC has extended the application deadline for two summer opportunities: the Appalachian STEM Academy at Oak Ridge and the Appalachian Entrepreneurship Academy (AEA), held at Appalachian State University. Both programs, planned for Summer 2022, are free intensive learning experiences specifically for the Region’s high school and/or middle school students and teachers.

Applications for both opportunities are now due March 18, 2022.
INSPIRE Initiative Accepting Proposals From Recovery-to-Work Programs
ARC has issued a Request for Proposals for our INvestments Supporting Partnerships in Recovery Ecosystems (INSPIRE) Initiative. This year, ARC is investing $10 million in recovery-to-work efforts in Appalachia.

Final applications are due March 24, 2022
POWER Initiative Accepting Proposals From Appalachian Coal Communities
ARC has issued a Request for Proposals for our POWER (Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization) Initiative, helping to economically diversify coal-impacted communities.

This year, ARC is investing ~$25 million in projects building entrepreneurship, broadband, workforce development, tourism, and more.

For more insights on the application process and key points in the RFP, watch the recording of our Pre-Application Workshop here

Letters of Intent are due April 4, 2022 by 5 pm ET and final applications are due by April 29, 2022

Connecting Rural and Urban Environments for Equitable Access to Transportation, Telecommunications and Energy Workshop: Sustainable Regional Systems
March 24-25, 2022

2021 Outdoor Economy Conference: Stewards of Opportunity
April 4-7, 2022

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