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Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization in Coal-Affected Appalachia (POWER)

This funding record is inactive. Please see the program website or contact the program sponsor to determine if this program is currently accepting applications or will open again in the future.


Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, ARC will consider revisions of submitted Letters of Intent to apply for POWER 2020. For additional information, see the application process section below.

Appalachian Regional Commission
Apr 15, 2020

Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) is a federally funded program of the Appalachian Regional Commission that provides funding for workforce and economic revitalization activities in communities and regions that have been affected by job losses in coal mining, coal power plant operations, and coal-related supply chain industries.

The program funds projects that:

  • Will produce multiple economic development outcomes, such as promoting regional economic growth and diversification, new job creation, and re-employment opportunities for displaced coal-economy workers
  • Are specifically identified under state, local, and/or regional economic development plans
  • Have been collaboratively designed by diverse state, local, and regional stakeholders

Priority areas include:

  • Building a competitive workforce, including strengthening the healthcare sector, and working to improve health conditions that affect economic vitality
  • Enhancing access to and use of broadband services
  • Strengthening substance abuse response
  • Fostering entrepreneurial activities
  • Developing industry clusters in communities

Funds are also available for technical assistance projects to assist communities and regions in developing plans and strategies for transforming their economic structures.


Eligible applicants include:

  • Local development districts
  • Indian tribes or a consortium of tribes
  • States, counties, cities, or other political subdivision of a state, including a special purpose unit of a state or local government engaged in economic or infrastructure development activities, or a consortium of political subdivisions
  • Institutions of higher education or a consortium of institutions of higher education
  • Public or private nonprofit organizations or associations

Projects should benefit one or more of the counties in the Power Initiative service area.

Geographic coverage
Available in specific counties in 11 states.
Amount of funding

Award ceiling: $1,500,000
Award floor: $400,000
Project period: Up to 3 years
Estimated total program funding: $48,000,000

Up to one-third of appropriated funding will be available to fund broadband deployment projects.

Application process

Links to additional guidance and the application instructions are available on the program website.

Applicants are required to email a letter of intent to by February 28, 2020. After submission of the letter of intent, applicants will receive login information for the online application portal. The application submission deadline is March 27, 2020.

POWER 2020 virtual workshop series

Program update:
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, ARC will consider revisions of submitted letters of intent to apply for POWER 2020. To file a revised letter, contact the state program manager for further guidance. Email revised LOIs to to by April 15th, 2020.

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Broadband · Community and economic development · Economics and the economy · Educational attainment · Employment and unemployment · Healthcare workforce · Planning and strategy methods and resources · Self-sufficiency · Substance abuse · Alabama · Kentucky · Maryland · Mississippi · New York · North Carolina · Ohio · Pennsylvania · Tennessee · Virginia · West Virginia

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