The Appalachian Regional Commission has announced a new grant competition for gateway communities that are entry points to the Big South Fork National River and Recreational Area.
The $200,000 “Gems of Appalachia” grants competition is part of ARC’s asset-based economic development initiative in Appalachia, which fosters partnerships between gateway communities and neighboring public land managers to develop the tourist potential of Appalachia’s valued landscapes while protecting their natural ecosystems.
Applicants can request funding to implement a specific project or activity related to natural or cultural heritage tourism, community planning, asset building, recreational development or other activity that will enhance their unique identity as a gateway to the Big South Fork region. To encourage participation in the competition, ARC will host two forums to explore strategies for developing sustainable, asset-based economic development projects. The time and location of these forums will to be announced at a later date.
Non-profit organizations, local governments, public educational institutions, and local and regional development organizations located in McCreary, Wayne, and Whitley counties are eligible to apply for the grants.
Additional details about the grant competition are available at arc.gov or by calling (800) 346-5606.