READY Appalachia

Appalachians are ready to strengthen their communities, and ARC is here to provide the resources they need.

READY Appalachia is ARC’s community capacity-building initiative for nonprofits, community foundations, local governments, and Local Development Districts serving the Appalachian Region.

Participants in each READY Appalachia learning track access no-cost training, cohort-based learning, and funding (no match required) to increase their capacity to solve pressing issues and create lasting, positive change in their communities.  

Across all learning tracks, special emphasis will be placed on serving Appalachia’s most underrepresented communities, including economically distressed areas, counties targeted by the Interagency Working Group on Coal and Power Plant Communities, and marginalized populations.

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READY Local Governments

READY Local Governments helps local government officials better identify, access manage, and implement federally funded projects. ARC is seeking participants for our spring 2024 training program.

Applications are due February 29, 2024.


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READY Nonprofits

READY Nonprofits helps nonprofit executives and board members increase their capacity and better fulfill organizational missions. In 2023, ARC awarded over $1.6 million to 65 nonprofits for capacity-building projects.

ARC is currently seeking proposals from qualified contractors to administer the next round of READY Nonprofits training.


READY LDDs has awarded nearly $4 million to 41 Appalachian Local Development Districts to hire staff and more effectively help clients, including local governments and nonprofits, access and manage unprecedented amounts of federal funding. 

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READY Foundations

READY Foundations will help local philanthropies working in economic development as they build endowments, leverage different funding sources, develop boards, and learn other foundation-specific fundraising methods.