Appalachian Local Development District Assistance

To provide planning and development resources in multicounty areas; to help develop the technical competence essential to sound development assistance; and to meet the objectives stated under the program entitled Appalachian Regional Development (23.001).

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Examples of Funded Projects


Agency - Appalachian Regional Commission

Office - Refer to Appendix IV of the Catalog.
Website Address

Program Accomplishments

There were 72 planning districts aided in fiscal year 2007.

Uses and Use Restrictions

For administrative expenses, including technical services of certified local development districts; in addition to the uses and use restrictions detailed in the Appalachian Development Program (23.001), the local development district may use grant funds for the purchase of real estate and vehicles; and for space improvement and construction only with the express approval of ARC.

Funds may be used only in the performance of grantees program and in accord with the budget, and amendments thereto, as approved by the Commission.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Multicounty organizations certified by the State.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Multicounty organizations.


Certificate by the Governor. State Appalachian Plan and Strategy Statement must describe the procedures for the participation of local development districts in the Appalachian development planning process. Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

The State Alternate's Office is the coordinator for the Governor for Appalachian investments.

The standard application forms as furnished by the Federal agency and required by OMB Circular No.

A-102 must be used for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

Applications must be submitted and approved by the State Member of ARC. All proposed projects must meet the requirements of the State Appalachian Plan and Strategy Statement. Strategy statements are submitted to the Commission for approval annually prior to the Fall Commission meeting. A letter of transmittal signed by the State Member and Standard Form 424 are required.

Award Procedures

Upon determination that the State approved project is eligible within a Commission approved Appalachian State Development Plan and Strategy Statement, the Federal Co-chairman determines that the project satisfies all Federal requirements.


Those imposed by each State and the general requirement of the Commission.


Appalachian Regional Development Act of 1965, Section 302, Public Law 89-4, as amended, 40 U.S.C. 14101-14704; Appalachian Regional Development Act Amendments of 2002, Public Law 107-149.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Usually within 45 days after the receipt of the application at the Commission.




Renewals and amended applications follow the same procedures as the original application.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Administrative grants may be funded at 50%, wherever the local development district is located, except that a state may request that ARC participation be increased to as much as 75 percent for a local development district that includes a distressed county or counties within its service area. The ARC Code and ARC Project Guidelines furnish details.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Assistance is provided annually for 12 months.

Post Assistance Requirements


Annual progress and financial reports in a form and manner prescribed by the Commission.


The Commission, the Federal Co-chairman of the Commission, and the Comptroller General of the United States shall have access for the purpose of audit and examination. In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (revised, June 27, 2003), "Audit of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.


The grantee shall keep records for not less than 3 years which fully disclose the purpose, amount and disposition of ARC funds and other contributions.

Financial Information

Account Identification



FY 07 $6,134,562; FY 08 est $7,000,000; and FY 09 est not reported.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$224 to $189,200; $28,944.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

"The Appalachian Regional Commission Code" (limited distribution); "ARC Travel Regulations;" "ARC Section 302A Guidelines" and "Audit Guide for Grants Made Under Section 302(A)(1) of the Appalachian Regional Development Act of 1965, as amended", and applicable OMB Circulars.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Refer to Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Headquarters Office

Inquiries and proposals for projects should be submitted first to the Appalachian State office designated by the Governor. (See Appendix IV of the Catalog.) Other inquiries may be addressed to: Executive Director, Appalachian Regional Commission, 1666 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20009. Telephone: (202) 884-7700. Use the same number for FTS.

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