ARC Information​
​Alabama ARC State Plans and Strategies​​
News and Events
​Alabama ARC Application Forms and Documents
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 406 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: West Alabama Regional Commission (205/333-2990); Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham (205/251-8139); Top of Alabama Regional Council of Governments (256/830-0818); Northwest Alabama Council of Local Governments (256/389-0555); North Central Alabama Regional Council of Governments (256/355-4515); South Central Alabama Development Commission (334/244-6903); Central Alabama Regional Planning Commission (334/262-4300); and East Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission (256/237-6741). Technical assistance and assistance in the preparation of grant applications are available through each of the LDDs.

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.

An annual ARC Workshop is held in late July or early August of each year. A notice of the workshop will be posted on the ADECA website at least one month prior to the workshop date. Pre-applications are taken the entire month of August. Pre-application guidelines and other documents are available online on this website.

Alabama ARC State Plans and Strategies

2016 - 2019 State Plan.pdf2016 - 2019 State Plan
2011-2015 State Plan.pdf2011-2015 State Plan
2007-2010 State Plan.pdf2007-2010 State Plan
2016 ARC State Strategy.pdf2016 ARC State Strategy
2015 ARC State Strategy.pdf2015 ARC State Strategy



Kelly Chasteen, ARC Program Manager​
Phone: (334) 353-2909
Fax: (334) 242-4203


News and Events

ARC Application Workshop Memo​

Special Southern Appalachian Program Conference Call I​nfo​

ARC is pleased to announce that it is collaborating with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, to provide a one-week residential hands-on science academy focusing on math, science, and technology for middle school students from July 16 to July 21, 2017.​




ARC is pleased to announce that it is collaborating with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, to provide a two-week residential hands-on learning institute focusing on math, science, and technology for high school students and teachers from July 8 to July 21, 2017.




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.docARC Executive Summary
Alabama ARC 2017 Preliminary Applications Info.docxAlabama ARC 2017 Preliminary Applications Info
ARC 2017  Application Template.docARC 2017 Application Template
ARC 2017 Goals Strategies and Objectives.pdfARC 2017 Goals Strategies and Objectives
ARC 2017 County Economic Status Designations.pdfARC 2017 County Economic Status Designations
2017 Guidance for Performance Measures.pdf2017 Guidance for Performance Measures
ARC-CDBG Certification.pdfARC-CDBG Certification
Drawdown Form.pdfDrawdown Form
Reimbursement Request Worksheet.pdfReimbursement Request Worksheet
Standard Form 270 (SF270).pdfStandard Form 270 (SF270)
Vendor Payment Form (SF3881).pdfVendor Payment Form (SF3881)
Application for Federal Assistance (SF424).pdfApplication for Federal Assistance (SF424)
Application for Federal Assistance Instructions.pdfApplication for Federal Assistance Instructions
Alabama ARC Checklist for Non-Construction Proposals.pdfAlabama ARC Checklist for Non-Construction Proposals
ARC FORM 3 Application for Non-Construction Projects.pdfARC FORM 3 Application for Non-Construction Projects
Non-Construction Budget Information (SF424A).pdfNon-Construction Budget Information (SF424A)
Assurances - Non-Construction Programs (SF424B).pdfAssurances - Non-Construction Programs (SF424B)
Alabama ARC Checklist for Construction Proposals.pdfAlabama ARC Checklist for Construction Proposals
Construction Budget Information (SF424C).pdfConstruction Budget Information (SF424C)
Assurances - Construction Programs (SF424D).pdfAssurances - Construction Programs (SF424D)
Guidelines for Compiling Final Reports.pdfGuidelines for Compiling Final Reports


ARC Historic Funding

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
ARC FY 2011 Projects.docxARC FY 2011 Projects