WV POWER Grantees Support Project

We support a network of more than 700 West Virginians who are interested in accessing federal funding opportunities to level up their work to build local economies. We do this through 1-on-1 coaching, creating opportunities to network, and sharing best practices. Our work began with a focus on the Appalachian Regional Commission’s (ARC) POWER funding opportunity.

Since 2015, the ARC has invested nearly $300 million into the region through the POWER funding initiative. POWER is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to grow and diversify West Virginia’s economy. Strategies like new approaches to workforce development, support for local businesses, expanding broadband access, scaling up economy-building efforts, and more activities are funded through the initiative. Learn more about the POWER funding initiative on the ARC website.

Support for prospective grantees

The ARC has details about the 2022 POWER application process on their site here: https://www.arc.gov/power-how-to-apply/

Key dates to keep in mind for the 2022 ARC POWER funding application process:

  • The Hub’s Applicant Coaching Support:
    February 28 – May 2 (see details below)
  • ARC Pre-Application Workshop: March 10 (watch the recording)
  • Letters of Intent Due: April 4
  • Applications Due: April 29

Our Executive Director Stephanie Tyree offers 1-on-1 coaching support for West Virginians who are interested in applying for ARC POWER funding so that they can strengthen their applications. Coaching is open to both new applicants and previous applicants who are planning to apply again. 

In coaching sessions, applicants receive strategic grant development guidance, discuss potential partners, project scope of work and geographic focus, matching funds, and potential challenges. The Hub does not provide grant writing/editing support for POWER applicants.

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To hear from West Virginia leaders in community and economic development speaking to this opportunity, watch the Planning a Successful 2022 POWER Application discussion from the 2021 POWER Summit event.

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Support for CURRENT grantees

We have community and economic development experts on-call to support West Virginian recipients of POWER funding. The Hub’s WV POWER Coaches are independent contractors working through The Hub and coaching conversations are confidential. 

Learn more about coaching for current grantees, meet the coaches, and get connected »

VIEW THE 2021 POWER SUMMIT

At the 2021 WV POWER Summit, recipients and teams working on Appalachian Regional Commission POWER projects in the Mountain State connected with peers, stakeholders, and funders; learned new skills; and built resilience for their work.

Three groups of panelists spoke to key topics current and prospective POWER grantees face: planning a successful POWER application; strategies to kickstart success when launching a project; and how to successfully sustain a project once it is in progress.

You can view recordings of the discussions online. View the panels here »

How This Program Makes a Difference

The Appalachian Regional Commission’s POWER (Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization) is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to grow and diversify West Virginia’s economy. It is rare that our state sees such a significant funding opportunity that is specifically devoted to trying new approaches to build up and diversify the economies of rural communities.

In 2016, a group of people approached our team at The Hub when they noticed that West Virginia groups were not taking advantage of this funding opportunity. At the time, just $800,000 in POWER funding was invested into West Virginia communities.

Through bringing groups together, talking about collaborative strategies, how to take advantage of this opportunity, and raising visibility generally, our team working in partnership with many other groups was able to increase that investment to $35.4 million the following year.

Since that time, we have tested and refined our services to help ensure a steady stream of federal funding for innovative community and economy development is flowing into West Virginia communities. 

Get Involved

If you have questions, are interested in accessing services, or want to be plugged into The Hub’s WV ARC POWER Initiative, please contact Stephanie Tyree at s.tyree@wvhub.org.

Systemic Change

2021 became a time period of catalytic potential as we saw years of investment into our core strategies to enact systemic change yield new results. Our strategic focus areas include policy, communications, and supporting the community economic development system in leveraging unique financing opportunities such as the Appalachian Regional Commission’s POWER Initiative and Opportunity Zones.

In addition, through our strategic policy support role within the Abandoned Properties Coalition, The Hub successfully advanced two key objectives: the creation of a statewide land bank at the West Virginia Land Stewardship Corporation and extension of the state’s Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit. 

Through the Opportunity Appalachia program, 6 catalytic community projects located in WV-based Opportunity Zones received $250,000 for pre-development technical assistance. Three projects received additional private funding as a result of program participation.

Cowen

Residents participated in round 4 of The Hub’s capstone Communities of Achievement program with a focus on building local recreational economies. Read their community case study.

Montgomery

Residents participated in the Cultivate WV program to kickstart community and economy building. Read their community case study.

Smithers

Residents participated in the Cultivate WV program to kickstart community and economy building. Read their community case study.

Kingwood

Residents participated in the Blueprint Communities* program to engage their neighbors and co-create strategic plans for their future.

Lewis County

Residents participated in the Blueprint Communities* program to engage their neighbors and co-create strategic plans for their future.

Meadow River Valley Region

Residents participated in the Blueprint Communities* program to engage their neighbors and co-create strategic plans for their future. Read their community case study.

Monticello Neighborhood of Clarksburg

Residents participated in the Blueprint Communities* program to engage their neighbors and co-create strategic plans for their future. Watch their community documentary.

New Martinsville

Residents participated in the Blueprint Communities* program to engage their neighbors and co-create strategic plans for their future. Read their community case study.

Parsons

Residents participated in the Blueprint Communities* program to engage their neighbors and co-create strategic plans for their future.

Elkins

Residents participated in round 4 of The Hub’s capstone Communities of Achievement program with a focus on building local recreational economies. 

A core team led by Woodlands Development Group also participated in Opportunity Appalachia, receiving technical assistance to support a community development project located in an Opportunity Zone.

Community Coaching

In 2021, we accompanied 16 communities through our in-depth, professional coaching programs. In addition to leaning into coaching and financing opportunities offered through these programs, participating communities leveraged an additional $2.8 million in funding on their own for community economic development projects. While participating in our entry-level coaching program, Cultivate WV, Montgomery and Smithers realized momentum-building success through access to $40,000 in seed funding for projects like farmers markets, public art, wayfinding, community events, and development of a trail system.

Six communities, Lewis County, Kingwood, Meadow River Valley, Monticello neighborhood in Clarksburg, New Martinsville and Parsons, graduated the intermediate planning program Blueprint Communities* with strategic plans in place. We also launched a new round of HubCAP, our flagship community economic development program, in six towns located in the Monongahela National Forest region: Cowen, Franklin, White Sulphur Springs, Elkins, Marlinton, and Petersburg.

Franklin

Residents participated in round 4 of The Hub’s capstone Communities of Achievement program with a focus on building local recreational economies.

Marlinton

Residents participated in round 4 of The Hub’s capstone Communities of Achievement program with a focus on building local recreational economies.

Petersburg

Residents participated in round 4 of The Hub’s capstone Communities of Achievement program with a focus on building local recreational economies.

White Sulphur Springs

Residents participated in round 4 of The Hub’s capstone Communities of Achievement program with a focus on building local recreational economies.

Charleston

A core team led by Crawford Holdings, LLC participated in Opportunity Appalachia, receiving technical assistance to support a community development project located in an Opportunity Zone.

Huntington

Core teams led by Thundercloud, Inc. and the City of Huntington participated in Opportunity Appalachia, receiving technical assistance to support community development projects located in Opportunity Zones.

Grafton

A core team led by Unleash Tygart, Inc participated in Opportunity Appalachia, receiving technical assistance to support a community development project located in an Opportunity Zone.

Leadership Development

As hundreds of people began to engage in our virtual training activities in 2020, we saw a critical opportunity to scale and deepen our impact. This year, The Hub team developed an accessible, virtual platform with options for self-guided and group learning activities as well as professional coaching.

Kickstart Communities is now the crux of our efforts to bring new people into the work and grow their leadership. These activities now form the foundational stages of a Community Leadership Development Pipeline to move motivated residents from seeing the challenges in their communities to proactively collaborating to resolve them.

Message from our Executive Leadership Team

Fifteen years ago, stakeholders building up local communities and economies in West Virginia convened to map a coordinated strategy to systemically grow community economic development activity in the state. From the shared vision and collaborative leadership of dozens of strategic partners across the state, the WV Community Development Hub was born.

Since that time, The Hub has grown into the anchor community development organization serving West Virginia. We have built upon the original vision to create a method for rural, community-led development strategies that is uniquely tailored to the needs and opportunities of our state.

As we have grown and developed a proven model for success, our partnerships with community and economic development practitioners, funders, and committed West Virginia residents have been foundational to every element of our work.

Over the past two years, the team at The Hub has adapted to the unprecedented challenges our communities have faced during the pandemic by leaning into our core strengths to deepen our impact. The Hub remains committed to tackling persistent challenges, and we have focused our attention on the most impactful elements of our work.

We are supporting community leaders to advance their visions for local development, creating new pathways for engagement and leadership growth through our virtual training platform, and leading strategies that lift up voices of community leaders to move forward solutions to long-held challenges to growth.

If the past two years have taught us anything, it is that nothing about the future is set in stone. While the coming year may present enormous opportunities for advancement in our state, they will also inevitably require significant capacity building, shared strategies that are grounded in trust-based partnerships, and extended efforts to support the leadership development of individuals and organizations who have been asked to do more during a time of extreme stress and strain.

The services that anchor organizations like The Hub provide are even more critical in this time, and we expect our work to scale significantly in the coming years ahead.

We look forward to continuing to do the work of putting into action the vision and the shared strategies envisioned by that core group of community economic development practitioners and funders fifteen years ago.

In Continued Accompaniment,

– WV Community Development Hub
Executive Leadership Team

Stephanie Tyree

Executive Director

Amanda Workman Scott

Director of Community Engagement

Emma Pepper

Director of Strategic Network Communications

Katie Loudin

Director of Strategic Development