GETTING STARTED

GRANT APPLICATION

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Step 1

Brainstorm

Gather together friends, neighbors, colleagues and fellow innovators to brainstorm ideas that could generate prosperity in our region. All ideas are welcome and valued.

Step 2

Prioritize

Before you apply, ask yourself the following questions about your project:

  • Does it fit within one of our region's target growth industries?

  • Does it have the potential to bring high-paying jobs to the region?

  • How much money would it take to get the idea going?

  • What kind of return would your community or the state expect to see?

  • Does our region have an already skilled workforce to fill those jobs?

  • Is there training locally to create a skilled workforce?

Step 3

Choose Type of Grant

ENHANCED CAPACITY BUILDING

For feasibility/market studies, pre-development activities and business, workforce or innovation strategies that set you up for success in implementing projects.

PER CAPITA
GRANT

For implementation projects like workforce development, business accelerators, research commercialization endeavors, business site development, and more in Region 7.

STATEWIDE COMPETITIVE
GRANT

Primarily for implementation projects, stronger if involving two or more regions, and designed for projects with the legs to compete for funding at the state level.

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If you’re having trouble figuring out the best grant type for you, please contact us. We’re here to help!

Keep in mind these two funding requirements:

 

  • All projects must have support from two or more localities

  • All GO Virginia funds must be matched by non-state funds (from federal/local governments, foundations or from the private sector

Step 4

Address Key Points

COLLABORATION

The most successful grant applications will show a high level of collaboration with local businesses and organizations.

APPLICANT ELIGIBILITY

Before beginning the application process, you should make sure you or your organization is eligible to apply for the grant. For specific eligibility requirements, contact us.

MATCHING FUNDS

All three grant applications require matching dollar requirements. Be sure to explain how you intend to gather your matching funds.

RETURN ON INVESTMENT

The grant evaluation team will need to be able to clearly see the data that backs up the potential investment. What will the total investment cost in dollars? What is the expected return in the first year? In five years? In ten years?

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35% Economic Impact
30% Regional Collaboration
20% Project Readiness & Capacity
15% Project Sustainability

Step 5

Review Rating System

Gather together friends, neighbors, colleagues and fellow innovators to brainstorm ideas that could generate prosperity in our region. All ideas are welcome and valued.

Step 6

Contact Us

Contact us before submitting to discuss your application and make sure it is right for our program!

Susan Baker

Managing Director

susan.baker@gonorthernva.com

703-403-6983

Ann Hyslop

Managing Director

ann.hyslop@gonorthernva.com

703-342-9091