ARC Information​
​Alabama ARC State Plans and Strategies​​
News and Events
​Alabama ARC Application Forms and Documents
​Alabama ARC Environmental Compliance
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.

Click here to find your Local Development District.​

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.

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
2019 ARC State Strategy.pdf2019 ARC State Strategy
2018 ARC State Strategy.pdf2018 ARC State Strategy
2016 ARC State Strategy.pdf2016 ARC State Strategy
2015 ARC State Strategy.pdf2015 ARC State Strategy



Crystal G. Davis
ARC Program Manager​
Phone: (334) 353-2630


News and Events

Appalachian Leadership Institute

The Appalachian Leadership Institute is a regional leadership training program for people who live or work in Appalachia and are passionate about helping communities thrive. Throughout the nine-month program, participating fellows will attend skill-building seminars and site visits throughout the region, while connecting with a group of doers, thinkers and leaders representing all 13 Appalachian states. The program is developed by Appalachian regional commission, in partnership with the University of Tennessee, the University of Tennessee Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, Tuskegee University, and Collective Impact. Apply to be a 2019-2020 Appalachian Leadership Fellow by June 1, 2019 at

2019 POWER Workshop

FY 2019 POWER Workshop Memo

ARC Oak Ridge Summer STEM Camp

The ARC/ORNL Summer STEM Program is a residential, hands-on learning experience for Appalachia's high school and middle school students, as well as high school teachers in STEM-related fields. Click here for more information.

ARC 2019 High School Criteria.pdfARC 2019 High School Criteria
ARC 2019 High School Application Instructions.pdfARC 2019 High School Application Instructions
ARC 2019 High School Application.pdfARC 2019 High School Application
ARC 2019 Middle School Criteria.pdfARC 2019 Middle School Criteria
ARC 2019 Middle School Application Instructions.pdfARC 2019 Middle School Application Instructions
ARC 2019 Middle School Application.pdfARC 2019 Middle School Application

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.pdfARC Executive Summary
FY 2019 ARC Goals State Objectives and Strategies.pdfFY 2019 ARC Goals State Objectives and Strategies
FY19 ARC County Economic Status and Match Rates.pdfFY19 ARC County Economic Status and Match Rates
2017 Guidance for Performance Measures.pdf2017 Guidance for Performance Measures
ARC Certification Form.pdfARC Certification Form
Drawdown Form.pdfDrawdown Form
Reimbursement Request Worksheet.pdfReimbursement Request Worksheet
SF 424 with SF 424A.pdfSF 424 with SF 424A
Standard Form 270 (SF270).pdfStandard Form 270 (SF270)
Vendor Payment Form (SF3881).pdfVendor Payment Form (SF3881)
Application for Federal Assistance Instructions.pdfApplication for Federal Assistance Instructions
Checklist for non-construction applications.pdfChecklist for non-construction applications
Assurances - Non-Construction Programs (SF424B).pdfAssurances - Non-Construction Programs (SF424B)
Checklist for construction applications.pdfChecklist for construction applications
Construction Budget Information (SF424C).pdfConstruction Budget Information (SF424C)
Assurances - Construction Programs (SF424D).pdfAssurances - Construction Programs (SF424D)
Procurement Certification.pdfProcurement Certification
Guidelines for Compiling Final Reports.pdfGuidelines for Compiling Final Reports

Alabama ARC Environmental Compliance

01 ARC Environmental Review Guide (ARC ERG).pdf01 ARC Environmental Review Guide (ARC ERG)
02 ARC Environmental Review Monitoring Checklist (ARC ERMC).pdf02 ARC Environmental Review Monitoring Checklist (ARC ERMC)
03 ARC Level of Review Determination (ARC LRD).pdf03 ARC Level of Review Determination (ARC LRD)
04 ARC Finding of Exemption (ARC FOE).pdf04 ARC Finding of Exemption (ARC FOE)
05 ARC Categorically Excluded Subject To (ARC CEST).pdf05 ARC Categorically Excluded Subject To (ARC CEST)
06 ARC Request for Release of Funds (ARC RROF).pdf06 ARC Request for Release of Funds (ARC RROF)
07 ARC Notice of Intent (ARC NOI).docm07 ARC Notice of Intent (ARC NOI)
08 ARC Combined Notice (ARC CN).docx08 ARC Combined Notice (ARC CN)
09 ARC Affidavit of Posting (ARC AOP).docx09 ARC Affidavit of Posting (ARC AOP)
10 ARC Notice of Environmental Release (ARC NER).pdf10 ARC Notice of Environmental Release (ARC NER)
11 ARC Floodplain Notices (ARC FPN).docx11 ARC Floodplain Notices (ARC FPN)

For CDBG Environmental Compliance requirements, visit the CDBG Environmental website.

ARC Historic Funding

ARC FY 2016 Projects.docxARC FY 2016 Projects
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