ASTC

Sponsor an Organization 

Program Information

The information below is for the 2021 fiscal year of the ARC. Oct-Sept.

For more information, see this ARC page and scroll down and click a state.

Requirements:

Any organization that is a for-profit, non-profit, or a form of government that is located in a distressed county or distressed area within found within KY, NC, NETN, SWVA, and Southern WV.  Organizations that promote sustainable tourism, and promote cultural/resource conservation may be eligible.

Also, any organization on the planet that helps the organizations found within the distressed counties and distressed areas will be eligible.   

Here is a quick briefing:

 KY and WV will allow all organizations to be adopted.  

Typically, only nonprofits, clubs, and government organizations will be approved in NC.

TN and VA are the middle ground.  See below for more details.  

Kentucky

Nearly every county in the KY Appalachians, and Daniel Boone Country tourism regions are distressed. 

The following 30 counties apply:

Bath, Bell, Breahtitt, Carter, Clay, Elliot, Estill, Floyd, Harlan, Jackson, Johnson, Knott, Knox, Lawrence, Lee, Lesblie, Letcher, Martin, McCaffin, McCreally, Mineffe, Morgon, Owsely, Perry, Pike, Powell, Rockcastly, Rowan, Whitely, Wolf.       

There are distressed areas in Boyd and Greenup county, and since they border distressed and at-risk counties in Ohio, and West Virginia, all organizations in these two counties will apply.

 

All counties in the KY Appalachians, and Daniel Boone Country tourism regions apply to this program.    

North Carolina

There are no distressed counties or areas found in the Smoky Mountains and Cherokee, High Country, and Asheville & The Foothills tourism regions of NC. 

However, if there is an organization found in western NC that helps out the surrounding area, such as charitable nonprofit, then they are fine to sponsor.    

Tennessee

There are three counties that apply in the Middle East, and Northeast tourism regions. 

They are Cocke, Hancock, and Scott counties.

There are distressed areas in Anderson, Campbell, Carter, Claiborne, Grainger, and Johnson counties, and since they border distressed and at-risk counties in Kentucky and Virginia all organizations in these counties will apply.

However, if there is an organization found in other counties that helps out the surrounding area, such as a Club, then they are fine to sponsor. 

  

Virginia

There are four counties in the Heart of Appalachia tourism region that apply.   They are Buchanan, Dickenson, Lee, and Wise.

Tazewell has a distressed area, and has two counties that are distressed on its borders, so this county will apply also.

The Blue Ridge Highlands tourism region has two counites which have distressed areas.  They are Smith, and Grayson counties.  These also border distressed counties, so they too will apply.

However, if there is an organization found in other counties that helps out the surrounding area, such as a government tourism authority, then they are fine to sponsor.    

West Virginia

There are eight counties that apply in the Hatfield-McCoy Mountains, and New River-Greenbrier Valley tourism regions.  They are Boone, Fayette, Lincoln, Logan, McDowell, Mingo, Summers, and Wyoming.   

Since the remaining counties in this region are surrounding by distressed counites, all counties in these two tourism regions apply.   

  

Note

ASTC will cross reference organizations that are in distressed counties in the 5 state service area and give them priority when we create content on the Tourism Events & Activities pages and Stakeholder pages.  Once this is done, we will move to the at-risk counties, and then finish with the transitional.   

However, they will not receive the same perks as if they were sponsored.  

Please visit the Sponsor and Organization page for the services and fees of the program.

If you have any recommendations on how to improve this program, or get more tourists to distressed counties and areas, please complete the stakeholder form.

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