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Opportunity Appalachia in WNC

The Opportunity Appalachia program provides targeted support for downtown and rural development to build entrepreneurial communities where local business can thrive, creating quality jobs for residents, and revitalizing local economies.

New Round Now Open!

Watch the North Carolina kick-off webinar on February 8, and fill out our project interest form to set up a pre-application project review.


Mountain BizWorks is pleased to be the the WNC lead partner in Opportunity Appalachia, a five-state endeavor designed to bring new investment into Central Appalachia. 

Mountain BizWorks will provide guidance and support to any interested WNC participants and will work with communities on developing their application and proposals.  All North Carolina ARC counties and communities therein can participate (NC ARC Counties). 

The 2022 Project Portfolio includes downtown development, manufacturing, IT, healthcare, education, food systems, clean energy, and heritage tourism and recreation. These high impact projects are expected to provide both robust social return as well as an attractive financial return. 

These seven investment-ready projects represent $68 million in regional investment: 

For a full list of participating projects – which include manufacturing facilities, downtown development, tech business, agricultural facilities, hotels / housing, broadband deployment, and retail enterprises – please visit the overall program site here.

Have a Potential Project?

Fill out our project interest form to set up a pre-application project review session and to stay up to date on important program announcements.

Questions? Contact the Mountain BizWorks Opportunity Appalachia Project Manager, Christine Laucher, at christine@mountainbizworks.org.

Mountain BizWorks is partnering with Appalachian Community Capital and other partners on Opportunity Appalachia, which is funded through a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC).  For more information on Opportunity Appalachia, please click here. 

How to Apply:

 

The current grant cycle is open February 8 – April 12, 2024. Continue reading for a preview of the process. 

Step 1: Review the program guidelines and watch the Opportunity Appalachia NC launch webinar.

Step 2: Submit a project interest form by March 29. This step is optional but encouraged for you to have a pre-application session to review your project, answer any questions about the Opportunity Appalachia process, and to assist with preparing a well qualified application.

Step 3: Submit the Online Application by April 12.

Timeline:

18 Jan 2024
18 Jan 2024

Opportunity Appalachia Kick-Off Event (Virtual)

Watch Recording
08 Feb 2024
08 Feb 2024

North Carolina Launch Event (Virtual)

Watch the Webinar
08 Feb - 29 March 2024
08 Feb - 29 March 2024

WNC Projects Work with Mountain BizWorks on Application

Submit Interest Form
12 Apr 2024
12 Apr 2024

Application Deadline

Apply Now

Timeline:  

12 Jan 2022
12 Jan 2022

Opportunity Appalachia Kick-off Event (Virtual)

Watch Recording
22 Feb 2022
22 Feb 2022

North Carolina Launch Event Feb.8 (Virtual)

Register to Attend
22 Feb 2022
22 Feb 2022

WNC Projects Work with Mountain BizWorks on Application

Submit Interest Form
01 Apr 2022
01 Apr 2022

Application Deadline April 12

Apply Here

Project/Community Selection Announcement

Project Funders

A group of images showing Opportunity Appalachia, a program of Appalachian Community Capital, is supported by funding from Appalachian Regional Commission, US Treasury CDFI Fund, Truist, Dogwood Health Trust, US Bank, and M&T Bank.