Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC)

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The Appalachian Regional Commission is a partnership among thirteen states and the federal government providing financial investment and technical assistance to eligible applicants in support of community and economic development in Georgia’s 37 county Appalachian region. Established by an act of Congress in 1965, the ARC board is composed of the governors of the 13 Appalachian states and a federal co-chair appointed by the president. 

A map of Georgia’s Appalachian region is available under the Publications tab below.

ARC invests in activities that address the five goals identified in the Commission's strategic plan

Goal 1: Economic Opportunities
Invest in entrepreneurial and business development strategies that strengthen Appalachia’s economy. 

Goal 2: Ready Workforce
Improve the education, knowledge, skills, and health of residents to work and succeed in Appalachia.

Goal 3: Critical Infrastructure
Invest in critical infrastructure; especially broadband; transportation, including the Appalachian Development Highway System; and water/wastewater systems. 

Goal 4: Natural and Cultural Assets
Strengthen Appalachia’s community and economic development potential by leveraging the Region's natural and cultural heritage assets. 

Goal 5: Leadership and Community Capacity
Build the capacity and skills of current and next-generation leaders and organizations to innovate, collaborate, and advance community and economic development.

Georgia will invest in projects consistent with those priorities identified in Georgia’s Four Year Development Plan and the Governor's Annual State Strategy Statement. These documents are available in the Publications section below.

DCA partners with the five regional commissions serving Georgia’s ARC region to provide technical assistance to local governments and other organizations applying for funds:

Application Procedures:

All parties interested in ARC investment must complete a pre-application in advance of proceeding to the full application. The necessary pre-application document is available below in the Applications Section. This document is the only approved method of pre-application for funding.

Eligible organizations may submit a complete application at any time after approval of the pre-application. Prior to submission of a pre-application, please contact for technical assistance.



  • In light of the COVID-19 crisis, the Department of Community Affairs (DCA) has extended the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) application deadline from April 10, 2020 to May 1, 2020.  The ARC is a partnership among thirteen states and the federal government; and provides funding for community and economic development projects in 37 counties of north Georgia. Applications are accepted on a quarterly basis. In the meantime, applicants do not need to contact DCA to qualify for this extension. We encourage applicants to submit as soon as possible and welcome early submissions. For questions, please email