The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is a federal-state partnership that works with the people of Appalachia and their respective Local Development District such as OMEGA to create opportunities for self-sustaining economic development and improved quality of life by promoting regional strategies for partnerships, progress and prosperity. Since the ARC’s inception in 1966, OMEGA has assisted in obtaining over $75 million in ARC grant awards. The ARC funding has in turn leveraged over $140 million in other local, state and federal funds.
OMEGA is an Economic Development District (EDD) that receives funding from the US Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration (EDA) through EDA’s Partnership Planning Grant Program. As a certified EDD, OMEGA plays a key role in facilitating applications for the following EDA Grant Programs:
- Public Works and Economic Development
- Economic Adjustment Assistance
- Planning Assistance
- Technical Assistance
Our Community Development Specialists work one-on-one to assist individuals, local officials, and non-profit organizations with the preparation of grant proposals as well as providing grant counseling. Counseling can assist the grant writer, grant writing teams, advisory boards and others with answers to questions relative to grants and funding sources, grant applications, drafts and final grant formats.