Communities struggling with the decline of coal will see $65.8 million in POWER grants— and here's how you can apply

Got an idea for a project that could help grow your local economy from the bottom up? Well, we've got good news.

The federal government has announced a significant sum of money (tens of millions of bucks!) for projects that can help transition local economies and support community development in places struggling with the decline of the coal industry.

The 2016 POWER Initiative presents a massive opportunity for economic transition, and it could be the opportunity you need to finally make your dream economic project— maybe a hemp farm or a local recreational tourism business— a reality.

If turning your idea into a concrete project that can be submitted in a grant application sounds daunting, you're not alone. That's why the government is offering technical assistance grants to help you develop your grant application. Workshops and webinars on these opportunities will be offered over the next month (see below)


Register for a workshop here.

  • Wise, Virginia, April 14
  • Manchester, Kentucky, April 22
  • Hidden Valley, Pennsylvania, April 27
  • Sutton, West Virginia, May 18
  • Tuscaloosa, Alabama, May 24

And if you can't make it to any of the workshops (or even if you can!), check out the POWER Initiative webinars. Recorded webinars on What is the POWER Initiative? and Research and Data- What is a Coal-Impacted Community? can be accessed here. Upcoming webinars:

  • April 20, 2016, 2:00 p.m. ET. "POWER Implementation Grants: The Application Process"
  • May 4, 2016, 2:00 p.m. ET. "ARC POWER Technical Assistance Application Process"
  • May 18, 2016, 2:00 p.m. ET. "Where to Find Matching Funds"
  • June 1, 2016, 2:00 p.m. ET. Topic to be announced