The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) invites proposals from eligible organizations to partner with ARC on the implementation of a new high-school entrepreneurship program. The purpose is to provide comprehensive entrepreneurial training and supportive services to selected high school students who will be in their senior year of high school during the 2020-2021 academic year.

The main objectives of the program will be to expose high school juniors to the entrepreneurial mind-set through a structured and unstructured, hands-on approach, to experiential learning; provide foundational and advanced-level skills training in entrepreneurship; and provide supportive and mentorship services to students, enabling them to successfully utilize all stages of the design process, from innovation, to development, to actualization.

ARC is an economic development agency of the federal government and 13 state governments focusing on 420 counties across the Appalachian Region. ARC’s mission is to innovate, partner, and invest to build community capacity and strengthen economic growth in Appalachia to help the Region achieve socioeconomic parity with the nation. ARC’s Research and Evaluation Division conducts research and evaluations regarding key economic, demographic, and quality of life factors that affect economic development in the Appalachian Region. Learn more at

Proposals are due electronically by 5:00 p.m. ET on the newly extended deadline of Friday, September 6, 2019.

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