Applicants must demonstrate a matching share from non-funding agency sources that is identified and forthcoming to the project. Matching sources may be nonfederal, other federal, or a combination of sources, including in-kind sources. The maximum share of program assistance is determined by the funding agency's classification of the county or counties served by the proposed activities, and the amount of match required will vary depending on the county designation. Information regarding the funding agency's economic designations and corresponding matching requirements can be found online at www.arc.gov.
For a multicounty project, the following special matching rules apply if there is a distressed county in the project:
- If at least half of the counties are distressed, the project may be funded at up to 80 percent of project costs
- If at least half of the counties are some combination of distressed and at-risk, assistance can be the higher of 70 percent of project costs or the average percentage applicable to the various counties in the project
- If fewer than half the counties are distressed, assistance can be the higher of 50 percent of project costs or the average percentage applicable to the various counties in the project
If there is no competitive county or attainment county in a project, and at least half the counties are at-risk, the project may be funded at up to 70 percent of project costs.
All other multicounty projects will be funded at the average percentage applicable to the various counties in the project, except that the portion of a project that is attributable to an attainment county in a project that does not include a distressed county will be considered ineligible for assistance and may not be considered for matching purposes.
An unspecified amount of funding is available to support awards ranging from $400,000 to $2 million through this component.
The project period is likely to begin on October 1, 2024. Projects that do not go to contract by December 1, 2024, are subject to disqualification. The project period will last from 12 to 36 months for non-construction projects. The project period may last up to 48 months for construction projects.
Funds may not be used for application preparation costs.
In October 2023, nearly $54 million was distributed via 64 awards through this program overall. In October 2022, nearly $47 million was distributed via 52 awards through this program overall. In March 2022, nearly $21 million was distributed via 21 awards. Refer to the Award file for details.