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ARC Mini (Flex-E Grant)

Since 2005, The Center for Rural Development’s Developing and Implementing Community Strategies Program (Flex-E Grant) has presented more than $1,100,000 in Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) federal funding support to distressed communities across Southern and Eastern Kentucky.


The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC)

Mini (Flex-E) Grant Applications are NOW OPEN:



Request for Proposal (RFP) for Strategic Planning Grants

 In accordance with its Procurement Standards Policy, The Center for Rural Development, Inc. is required to request proposals from qualified local units of government and non-profit entities for capacity building planning and implementation projects for their communities.  Each qualified community wishing to respond to this Request for Proposal is invited to submit a proposal in accordance with the information included in the RFP documentation.

Eligible applicants must be located in the ARC 2023 Distressed Counties that comprise the service region of The Center for Rural Development.

Eligibility guidelines, funding availability, and grant application materials are detailed in the RFP documentation, are available above OR  by contacting Patti Simpson at or by calling (606) 677-6000.

The deadline for submission of proposals is 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time, December 6, 2023.


The Mini Grant (sometimes referred to as Flex-E-Grant) Program, is accepting proposals from qualified local units of government and non-profit entities for capacity building planning and implementation projects. The Mini Grant program provides strategic investments in projects that build community capacity to mobilize local resources, gain leadership experience, and strengthen community institutions and networks.

The Center for Rural Development administers program funds in partnership with the Kentucky Department for Local Government (DLG) and the Appalachian Regional Commission.

Grants are subject to approval for up to $10,000, require a 20% match of total project costs, and are to be completed within a 6-month timeframe. Mini Grant funds are available on a reimbursement basis only.


Counties within The Center’s service area and designated as distressed by ARC are eligible to apply.

ARC distressed counties for 2023 are:

Bath, Bell, Breathitt, Carter, Casey, Clay, Clinton, Elliott, Estill, Floyd, Harlan, Jackson, Johnson, Knott, Knox, Lawrence, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Magoffin, Martin, McCreary, Menifee, Metcalfe, Morgan, Owsley, Perry, Pike, Rockcastle, Rowan, Wayne, Whitley, and Wolfe

Should you have any questions while completing this proposal, please contact:

Patti Simpson   (606) 677-6110