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.
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.
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.
Questions? Contact the Mountain BizWorks Opportunity Appalachia Project Manager, Christine Laucher, at email@example.com.
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.
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.