Appalachian Regional Commission

The Appalachian Regional Commission provides federal grant funds for the support of economic and community development in West Virginia and 12 other states in the Appalachian Region. The goal of ARC is to create opportunities for self-sustaining economic development and improved quality of life.

Certified Development Community Program

In the extremely competitive field of economic development, those with the highest degree of readiness are most likely to succeed. The West Virginia Certified Development Community (CDC) program prepares and equips communities across the state to respond to the needs of existing and prospective business and industry.

Coalfield Development

The Office of Coalfield Community Development (OCCD) was created by the West Virginia Legislature in 1999 to assist communities affected by surface mining activity throughout the state.

Economic Infrastructure Bond Fund

The West Virginia Economic Infrastructure Bond Fund is a financial assistance program that provides funding for projects likely to foster and enhance economic growth and development. It emphasizes the development of business and/or industrial parks. Funding priority goes to projects resulting in economic growth and immediate job creation (i.e., shell buildings, business and industrial parks).

Energy Efficiency Program

The Energy Efficiency Program (EEP) provides technical assistance to West Virginia industries, public institutions, local governments and the transportation sector to enhance energy efficiency and identify modernization opportunities. Through funding provided by the state of West Virginia and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), EEP supports activities in a variety of areas.

Governor’s Community Partnership Grant Program

The Governor’s Community Partnership program provides state grant funds for community and economic development projects throughout West Virginia. In true community partnerships, the program enables communities to expand, build and improve a variety of public facilities and services.

Land and Water Conservation Fund

The Land and Water Conservation Fund program (LWCF) provides supplemental federal funding for the acquisition and/or development of high-quality, public outdoor recreational areas throughout West Virginia. Assisted or acquired parklands are bound by perpetual restrictive covenants that obligate the project sponsor to operate and maintain the defined project area as a public outdoor recreational facility.

Local Economic Development Grant Program

The Local Economic Development Program enhances the capacity of local economic development organizations to undertake economic development activities and to complete Certified Development Community (CDC) program requirements.

Main Street West Virginia

The Main Street program uses a common-sense approach to tackle the complex issue of downtown and neighborhood commercial district revitalization, capitalizing on the history and the resources of the community itself.

Neighborhood Investment Program

The Neighborhood Investment Program (NIP) increases charitable giving to local nonprofit organizations. The program allows 501(c)3 designated charitable organizations to apply for tax credit vouchers. These organizations distribute the vouchers to contributing businesses and individuals. By donating to approved NIP organizations, contributors can support their communities and earn credits to reduce certain West Virginia taxes.

Small Cities Block Grant Fund

The Small Cities Block Grant program (SCBG) provides federal funds for community and economic development projects throughout West Virginia. The program supports job creation and retention efforts, local government efforts to provide affordable infrastructure systems and community efforts to improve the quality of life for low-to- moderate income citizens.

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