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January 22, 2024 | Tom Ballard

Appalachian Regional Commission announces READY Local Governments

It is the third track in the organization's READY Appalachia initiative.

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has announced the newest track in its READY Appalachia initiative, and it is focused on local governments.

“Appalachia’s local governments are the backbone of economic and community development,” ARC writes in the announcement about the new READY Local Governments track. “With more federal funding available than ever, local governments need support to apply for these opportunities and leverage federal support to create lasting, positive change.

The virtual, nine-week program  provides no-cost training to help city and county officials better identify, secure, manage, and implement federally funded projects. Following completion of the training program, participants will be eligible for up to $50,000 in funding (no-match required) to implement internal capacity-building projects to help them better serve communities.

Applications for the first READY Local Government training program are due February 29, and capacity is limited to 180 local government officials, with no more than two officials per community. To learn more about the newest READY Appalachia track and how to apply, click here.

Since the launch of READY Appalachia in July 2022, ARC has provided training and funding to help the region’s Local Development Districts and nonprofit organizations build internal capacity. Nearly $4 million has been awarded through READY Local Development Districts and more than $1.6 million has been awarded through READY Nonprofits including a $75,000 to three Northeast Tennessee organizations announced in late December (see article here).



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