Funding guide

ARC - Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER)

Broadband Funding Guide

Appalachian Regional Commission

Federal Agency

Appalachian Regional Commission

Agency Overview

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is a regional economic development agency that represents a partnership of federal, state, and local government. Established by an act of Congress in 1965, ARC is composed of the governors of the 13 Appalachian states and a federal co-chair, who is appointed by the president. Local participation is provided through multi-county local development districts.

Program Name

Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER)

Program Overview

POWER is a congressionally funded initiative that targets federal resources to help communities and regions that have been affected by job losses in coal mining, coal power plant operations, and coal-related supply chain industries due to the changing economics of America's energy production.

Program Purpose
  • Planning (e.g. feasibility)
  • Broadband Infrastructure (e.g. construction)
  • Broadband Adoption
  • Digital Skills Training
  • Public Computer Access
Eligible Recipients
  • Libraries
  • K-12 Schools
  • Higher Education Institutions
  • Hospitals
  • State and Local Governments
  • Tribal Entities
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Electric Utilities/Co-ops

Agency Contact

1666 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20009-1068

Telephone: (202) 884-7700


For questions on specific topic areas, please refer to the contacts listed on the ARC Offices and Staff page.

Funding Type


FY2018 Funding Amount