Appalachian Research, Technical Assistance, and Demonstration Projects

To expand the knowledge of the region to the fullest extent possible by means of research (including investigations, studies, technical assistance and demonstration projects) in order to assist the Commission in accomplishing the objectives of the Act, and implementation of the ARC strategic plan.

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Agency - Appalachian Regional Commission

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Refer to Appendix IV of the Catalog.
Website Address

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Marshall, Town Of $ 30,000   2020-10-012023-12-30
West Jefferson, Town Of $ 22,191   2020-10-012021-12-31
West Virginia Rural Water Association, Inc. $ 200,000   2020-12-012021-12-01
Institute For Educational Leadership Incorporated (the) $ 440,084   2020-11-012021-10-31
Oak Ridge Associated Universities, Incorporated $ 470,010   2020-12-012021-09-30
Community Colleges Of Appalachia $ 72,000   2020-10-012021-09-30
K. Karp. Consulting Co., Inc. $ 175,000   2020-10-012021-09-30
Institute For Educational Leadership Incorporated (the) $ 350,000   2019-11-012021-08-31
Population Reference Bureau, Inc. $ 51,000   2020-10-012021-06-30
Shawnee State University $ 200,000   2020-06-302021-06-30

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

To research the feasibility of plans and programs for concerted economic and community development.

Priority will be given to research and technical assistance related to job creation projects.

Project activities can include investigations, research, studies, evaluations, and assessments of needs, potentials, or attainments of the people of the region.

All developments resulting from such research must be made freely available to the general public.

Existing research by other agencies is to be utilized as much as possible.

Research projects are subject to the uses and use restrictions described under the Appalachian Regional Development program (23.001).

The purpose of these funds are to research or demonstrate the feasibility of plans and programs for concerted economic and community development.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Qualified candidates with subject matter experience who respond to Commission issued requests for proposals that are advertised on the Appalachian Regional Commission website (

Beneficiary Eligibility

States and local public bodies.


Projects must conform to the Appalachian Regional Commission Strategic Plan. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

The Appalachian Regional Commission reviews and prioritizes research and evaluation projects necessary to further the goals of the agency's strategic plan.

The Executive Director approves individual contractors.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Candidates with subject matter expertise can respond to publicly advertised requests for proposals. Requests for proposals are located on the ARC website: The Commission reviews and prioritizes research projects to be completed each year.

Award Procedures

Upon determination that the approved project is eligible within a Commission approved Appalachian Strategic Plan, the Executive Director determines that the project satisfies all Federal requirements.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Appalachian Regional Development Act of 1965, Section 302, Public Law 89-4, as amended; 40 U.S.C. 14321.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 15 to 60 days after the receipt of the application at the Commission.


Not Applicable.


Yes, renewals are possible. They are processed in the same manner as the original application.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. No other matching information is available. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Usually 12 months. Assistance is provided as required. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: A schedule for payment is included in the contract proposal. However, ARC retains 10% of funds until the project is completed.

Post Assistance Requirements


General reports are required throughout the research period, as required by the terms of the individual contract.

A cost estimate of the project is required upon initiation of the research contract.

As the contract progresses, researchers are asked to update ARC on their progress.

Drafts are sent to ARC for review.

Expenditure updates are required for reimbursement.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. As required by the Commission, in accordance with the Single Audit Act Amendments of 1996, Public Law 104-156.


As required by the terms of the contract.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants) FY 16 $1,064,328; FY 17 est $1,000,000; and FY 18 Estimate Not Available

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

No Data Available.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

'The Appalachian Regional Commission Code' (limited distribution); 'Appalachian Regional Commission Project Guidelines' (limited distribution); Research Program Prospectus (limited distribution).

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Refer to Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Headquarters Office

Jill Wilmoth 1666 Connecticut Ave NW Suite 600, Washington, District of Columbia 20009 Email: Phone: 202-884-7668

Criteria for Selecting Proposals


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