Grants and Loans for Communities

Appalachian Regional Commission Grants are an annual series of grants to projects that address goals identified by the Appalachian Regional Commission in its strategic plan and that can demonstrate measurable results. The projects aim at creating self-sustaining economic development and an improved quality of life for the people of the Appalachian region. The four goals are:

  • Increase job opportunities and per capita income in Appalachia to reach parity with the nation.
  • Strengthen the capacity of the people of Appalachia to compete in the global economy.
  • Develop and improve Appalachia’s infrastructure to make the region economically competitive.

Community Development Block Grants are annual grants that communities obtain through a competitive application process to implement their proposed community and economic development projects. Grant dollars are available for the purpose of attracting new or expanding existing companies, as long as the projects align with one of three national objectives:

  • Benefiting low and moderate-income persons.
  • Eliminating slum and blight
  • Addressing an urgent need.

Primary Programs for Community Development Block Grants

  • Economic Development grants for industrial infrastructure, as well as loans for industrial buildings and equipment.
  • Community Development grants for water and wastewater treatment facilities, housing rehabilitation and projects aimed at improving community livability.
  • Disaster Recovery grants to recover from flood or hurricane disasters that strike Maryland. Financing is available to help renovate or rebuild homes that have been damaged or destroyed by a State or federally declared disaster.