Announcing $6.3M for ARC’s First-Ever ARISE Grantee!

ARC announced our first-ever Appalachian Regional Initiative for Stronger Economies (ARISE) award! Connect Humanity will help 50 underserved communities in Appalachia plan for broadband growth.

The Connect Humanity team will work with local partners across 12 Appalachian states to help communities develop tailored digital equity plans, secure funding for high-speed internet expansion, provide digital literacy and broadband job training, and more.

“Broadband access is essential for Appalachia to thrive and compete in a global economy; without this support, our most rural communities may be left further behind. I commend our states and community partners in every Appalachian subregion for coming together in order to fully participate in our digitalized world,” said ARC Federal Co-Chair Gayle Manchin.

The details on the funding are:

Appalachian communities can get involved at