Program Communities/Program Participation


Priority Communities:

For more information on the 2020-2021 Opportunity Appalachia program, please see 2020-2021 Project Portfolio, and 2020-2021 Program Summary and Impact Statement here


The Fall application round is only open to projects in the Appalachian Counties of Tennessee and Virginia. We are not currently accepting applications from North Carolina, Ohio, or West Virginia as all TA funding for these states was allocated in the first round in April 2022. 

To participate in Opportunity Appalachia and receive technical assistance for project prospectus development and support for capital raising, we encourage you to:

  • Join the Tennessee & Virginia outreach webinar, October 6, 2022. See Webinar information below.
  • Submit the Opportunity Appalachia application to participate, see below for the link to the application and submission dates. It is anticipated that approximately seven communities/projects/businesses in Tennessee and Virginia will be selected to participate in the Opportunity Appalachia program. If you have questions about the application, please contact the lead state partner in your state, see below.

Opportunity Appalachia welcomes applications targeting one community / project and welcomes applications targeting several communities/projects that have compatible development strategies. Opportunity Appalachia will review applications with one or more projects identified for investment.


Application Deadline: November 18th, 2022
Applications must be submitted via the Online Application Form to be considered for program support. 


To learn more about the Opportunity Appalachia program, please attend a session.

Program Launch Webinar Recording

January 25, 2022 1:00 – 2:30 pm

Opportunity Appalachia hosted a launch webinar on January 25 to launch a second, expanded phase of Opportunity Appalachia. The webinar featured Gayle Manchin, Federal co-Chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission, pre-recorded remarks from Tom Barkin, President & CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond*, and a welcome from Donna Gambrell, President & CEO of Appalachian Community Capital. All interested community and economic development leaders, local elected officials, developers, and business owners interested in projects in the Appalachian counties of NC, OH, TN, VA, and WV can watch the recording to learn about the opportunity to obtain technical assistance for real estate development projects that move communities forward.

West Virginia

Thursday, February 10, 10:00 AM – 12 PM

Virtual Meeting

US Congressman David McKinley and Stephanie Tyree, Executive Director of the WV Hub, opened the program


Friday, February 25, 10:00-11:30 AM

Virtual Meeting

 John Carey, Director of the Governor’s Office of Appalachia, opened the program.


Wednesday, March 2, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

 Virtual Meeting

Tamarah Holmes, Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, Director, Office of Broadband opened the program.

North Carolina

Wednesday, February 16th 1:00 – 3:00 PM

Virtual Meeting

Chief Deputy Secretary Jordan Whichard provided welcome remarks.


Tuesday, February 22nd, 2:00-3:00 PM (EST)

 Virtual Meeting

Randy Boyd, President of the University of Tennessee opened the program.

Tennessee & Virginia Fall Outreach Meeting

Thursday, October 6, 1:00 – 2:30 PM Eastern Time

Opportunity Appalachia hosted an informational webinar for TN & VA projects on October 6 to share information about our Fall Application Round. The webinar featured Commissioner Stuart McWhorter, Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development, Bryan Horn, Director of the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, and a welcome from Donna Gambrell, President & CEO of Appalachian Community Capital.