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Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC)

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is an economic development agency of the federal government and 13 state governments focusing on 420 counties across the Appalachian Region. ARC’s mission is to innovate, partner and invest to build community capacity and strengthen economic growth in Appalachia to help the Region achieve socioeconomic parity with the nation.

Project Development Workshop - August 28, 2019

The South Carolina Department of Commerce’s Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) program management team will be hosting a project development workshop on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at Tri-County Technical College’s Anderson Campus in Anderson, South Carolina.  The focus of this event will be on the types of projects eligible for ARC funding with a particular emphasis on entrepreneurship, workforce, business development and substance use response.  During this workshop, we will also cover the requirements for a successful ARC application request.

Please visit to register your attendance for this free event.  Please note that space is limited.  Online registration is required to attend and will close by 5:00 PM on Friday, August 23, 2019.  The day of the workshop, August 28, 2019, registration will open at 9:00 AM with the workshop program to begin at 10:00 AM.  Lunch will be provided.  For more information, please email Caroline Griffin, ARC Program Manager, South Carolina Department of Commerce at

ARC in South Carolina: Area Development Program

South Carolina receives approximately $2 million in ARC Area Development funds annually; these funds may be available to eligible grantees through competitive grants. To be eligible, a project must benefit one or more of the six (6) counties in Appalachian South Carolina: Anderson, Cherokee, Greenville, Oconee, Pickens and Spartanburg.

Eligible applicants include:

  • State and local agencies
  • Government entities
  • Local governing boards
  • Non-profit organizations

Projects must address one or more of the goals identified in the Commission's strategic plan: 

  • Economic Opportunities: investments in entrepreneurial business development strategies that strengthen the economy of Appalachia
  • Ready Workforce: investments in improved education, knowledge, skills and health of residents to work and succeed in Appalachia
  • Critical Infrastructure: investments in critical infrastructure that is necessary for economic development to include broadband, transportation, water and wastewater
  • Core Natural and Cultural Assets: investment in the region's natural and cultural heritage assets that strengthen Appalachia’s community and economic development potential
  • Leadership and Community Capacity: investments that build the capacity and skills of current and next generation leaders and organizations to innovate, partner and advance community and economic development


Construction Projects:                   $ 500,000

Non-Construction Projects:            $ 250,000

Planning Projects:                          $   50,000


Anderson, Greenville, Oconee, Pickens and Spartanburg County: 50% of the overall project costs must be from local funds or other sources.

Cherokee County: 30% of the overall project costs must be from local funds or other sources.

*Additional leveraging is encouraged.


Monday, November 19, 2018:  Pre-Applications (Application Requests)

Monday, January 28, 2019:  Full Application Due (By Invitation Only)

Recommended Project Start Date:  July-October 2019

ARC in South Carolina: Local Access Road Program (LAR)

Upon completion of SC’s portion of the Appalachian Development Highway System (US Highway 25), remaining federal funds have been set aside to be used to fund local access roads that facilitate economic development and maximize the investment in the ADHS. South Carolina has approximately $11 million in funds remaining for the LAR Grant Program. LAR projects require coordination with SCDOT prior to approval.

Eligible phases include:

  • Preliminary Engineering
  • Right-of-Way
  • Construction


The State may approve up to $3 million in LAR projects annually. Project funding is 100%.


Applications can be submitted to the State Program Manager at any time throughout the year.

Do you have questions about ARC?

For questions or more information, contact the ARC State Program Manager at (803) 734-0429.