GO Virginia Region 6 Grant Application

Step 1: Brainstorm Ideas

The Mary Ball Washington Regional Council (MBWRC) is seeking applications for GO Virginia project funding. All ideas are welcome.

Think about the following when determining if your project fits:

  • Align with Region 6’s priority industry clusters?
    • Aquaculture / Seafood / Commercial Fishing / Marine Industries
    • Forestry / Wood Products / Paper
    • Manufacturing
    • Logistics / Distribution
    • Information / Data Centers
    • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services
  • Align with Statewide Project Themes?
    • Entrepreneurial Activities
    • Regional Site Development
    • Workforce Development
  • Does the project create higher paying jobs?
  • Does the project have collaboration from two or more localities?
  • What is the budget for your idea?
  • What kind of return on investment would your project expect to see?

Proposed projects should benefit an industry or region as a whole, rather than a single business entity. Check out our What is a GO Virginia Project Fact Sheet to see if your idea meets our basic guidelines.

We suggest that all applicants consider have a pre-screening call with a member of our staff to ensure the project fits within the grant perimeters prior to completing an Initial Project Review Form.

Step 2: Choose What Type of Grant

Enhanced Capacity Building

$100,000 maximum, match must be at least equal to 50% of the GO Virginia request (EX: GO Virginia Request $100,000; Match $50,000), no local match requirement 

These projects are Planning Grants i.e. Feasibility Studies, Pre-Development Activities, Plans, and Capacity Building Activities

Implementation

No maximum on ask, match must be at least equal to 50% of the GO Virginia request (EX: GO Virginia Request $100,000; Match $50,000), no local match requirement

Statewide Competitive Projects

These projects are multi-regional and are accessed at the regional and state level. These projects are not funded at a regional level, but from a separate state fund.

COVID-19 Economic Resilience and Recovery (ERR) Fast Access

$100,000 maximum, match must be at least equal to 50% of the GO Virginia request (EX: GO Virginia Request $100,000; Match $50,000), no local match requirement

These funds are to assist the Virginia economy in COVID-19 recovery efforts. These Fast Access requests may include pre-implementation activities (needs assessments, etc.) and implementation or smaller-scale implementation projects. Applicants are encouraged to think holistically about the needs in their region and focus on efforts that produce near term impact in the region.

COVID-19 Economic Resilience and Recovery (ERR) Implementation and Statewide Competitive Projects

These projects are to assist the Virginia economy in COVID-19 relief efforts. These funds will help the region build capacity to support and serve existing businesses, priority traded sectors, and essential businesses, including the healthcare system and its supply chain during this crisis.

STOP: Key Project Requirements​​

GO Virginia DOES FUND

  • Entrepreneurial Activities
  • Regional Site Development
  • Workforce Development

GO Virginia DOES NOT FUND

  • Healthcare or quality of life projects (exception: Economic Resilience and Recovery Projects and projects that can demonstrate that they will generate out-of-state revenue, such as a center of excellence or specialized/innovative model)
  • Incentives to private companies
  • Scholarships
  • Transportation projects (unless associated with site development)
  • Implementation of broadband (on hold pending statewide strategy)

More Higher Paying Jobs
Projects must create “high-paying jobs”, defined as above the average wage ($21.18hr/$44,058) of the GO Virginia Region and/or project service area.

Collaboration
Projects must have at least two participating localities, political subdivisions, or public bodies corporate and politic. “Participation” can include financial participation, in-kind contribution, participation on a project advisory team, and/or administration of the project.

Out of State Revenue
Projects must align with at least one of the six priority clusters identified in the Region 6 Economic Growth & Diversification Plan; these clusters primarily generate revenue from outside the region/state.

Step 3: How to Apply

GO Virginia Grant Guidelines and Rules

Please read below the GO Virginia Grant Guidelines and Rules before applying for any GO Virginia grant. These guidelines and rules apply to all grants. If you have questions, please email Jennifer Morgan at morgan@gwregion.org.

GO Virginia Grant Guidelines and Rules

Includes information about:

  • Applicant Eligibility
  • Project Types
  • Project Requirements
  • Match Requirements
  • Project Timeline
  • Performance Metrics
  • Sustainability
  • Application Process

Schedule a Project Call with Staff

This is an optional call to discuss your idea with staff. If you would like to discuss your idea, please email Jennifer Morgan at morgan@gwregion.org to schedule a call.

Apply

FULL FY21 PROJECT APPLICATION PACKET: PDF | WORD

Enhanced Capacity Building (ECB) Project Materials: PDF WORD

Attachment Templates:

How to Apply Timeline

Recommended Call/Meeting with Region 6 Staff
Applicant Submits Draft ApplicationMay 1, 2020June 1, 2020July 3, 2020August 7, 2020August 31, 2020October 2, 2020October 30, 2020
Initial Project Review CallMay 4-8, 2020June 2-10, 2020July 6-10, 2020August 10-14, 2020September 1-9, 2020October 5-9, 2020November 2-6, 2020
Applicant Works on ApplicationMay 11-20, 2020June 10-19, 2020July 13-22, 2020August 17-August 26, 2020September 9-18, 2020October 12-21, 2020November 9-18, 2020
Applicant Submits Final ApplicationMay 20, 2020June 19, 2020July 22, 2020August 26, 2020September 18, 2020October 21, 2020November 18, 2020
Review by Staff and Two Council MembersMay 20-June 3, 2020June 22-July 3, 2020July 22-August 5, 2020August 26-September 2, 2020September 21-October 2, 2020October 21-November 4, 2020November 18-December 2, 2020
Applicant Responds to Questions; Sends Final Application with Tracked ChangesJune 3-10, 2020July 6-10, 2020August 5-12, 2020September 2-9, 2020October 5-9, 2020November 4-11, 2020December 2-9, 2020
Staff Writes Final CommentsJune 10-12, 2020July 13-14, 2020August 12-14, 2020September 9-11, 2020October 12-13, 2020November 11-13, 2020December 9-11, 2020
Application Sent to Regional Council/Executive CommitteeJune 15, 2020July 14, 2020August 17, 2020September 14, 2020October 13, 2020November 16, 2020December 14, 2020
Regional Council/Executive Committee MeetingJune 19, 2020July 20, 2020August 21, 2020September 18, 2020October 19, 2020November 20, 2020December 18, 2020

Implementation Projects Project Materials: PDF | Word

Attachment Templates:

HOW TO APPLY TIMELINE

Recommended Call/Meeting with Region 6 Staff
Applicant Submits Initial Project Review FormFebruary 28, 2020May 15, 2020August 14, 2020
Initial Project Review CallMarch 2-6, 2020May 18-22, 2020Aug 17-Aug 21, 2020
Applicant Works on ApplicationMarch 9-April 3, 2020May 25-June 19, 2020Aug 24 -Sept 18, 2020
Applicant Submits Final ApplicationApril 3, 2020June 19, 2020September 18, 2020
Review of Final Application by Staff and Two Council MembersApril 6-April 17, 2020June 22-July 2, 2020Sept 21-Oct 2, 2020
Applicant Responds to Questions; Sends Final Application with Tracked ChangesApril 20-April 24, 2020July 6-10, 2020Oct 5-9, 2020
Staff Writes Final CommentsApril 24, 2020July 10, 2020October 9, 2020
Application Sent to Full CouncilApril 24, 2020July 10, 2020October 9, 2020
Regional Council MeetingMay 4, 2020July 20, 2020October 19, 2020
GWRC Submits Approved Applications to DHCDMay 15, 2020July 31, 2020October 30, 2020
State Board Workgroup ReviewMay 26-28, 2020August 11-13, 2020November 10-12, 2020
State Board Feedback LoopJune 1-8, 2020August 14-21, 2020November 16-24, 2020
State Board Meeting (Applications Considered for Final Approval)June 23, 2020September 3, 2020December 8, 2020

Statewide Competitive Project Materials: PDF | Word

Attachment Templates:

Applicants applying for a Statewide Competitive Grant are required to submit an Initial Project Review to be approved by the Region 6 Executive Committee or Council before Region 6 will be involved in a Statewide Competitive Grant.

HOW TO APPLY TIMELINE

Recommended Call/Meeting with Region 6 Staff
Applicant Submits Initial Project Review FormFebruary 28, 2020May 15, 2020August 14, 2020
Initial Project Review CallMarch 2-6, 2020May 18-22, 2020Aug 17-Aug 21, 2020
Applicant Works on ApplicationMarch 9-April 3, 2020May 25-June 19, 2020Aug 24 -Sept 18, 2020
Applicant Submits Final ApplicationApril 3, 2020June 19, 2020September 18, 2020
Review of Final Application by Staff and Two Council MembersApril 6-April 17, 2020June 22-July 2, 2020Sept 21-Oct 2, 2020
Applicant Responds to Questions; Sends Final Application with Tracked ChangesApril 20-April 24, 2020July 6-10, 2020Oct 5-9, 2020
Staff Writes Final CommentsApril 24, 2020July 10, 2020October 9, 2020
Application Sent to Full CouncilApril 24, 2020July 10, 2020October 9, 2020
Regional Council MeetingMay 4, 2020July 20, 2020October 19, 2020
GWRC Submits Approved Applications to DHCDMay 15, 2020July 31, 2020October 30, 2020
State Board Workgroup ReviewMay 26-28, 2020August 11-13, 2020November 10-12, 2020
State Board Feedback LoopJune 1-8, 2020August 14-21, 2020November 16-24, 2020
State Board Meeting (Applications Considered for Final Approval)June 23, 2020September 3, 2020December 8, 2020

Economic Resilience and Recovery (ERR) Fast Access Project Materials: PDF | WORD

Attachment Templates:

HOW TO APPLY TIMELINE

Due to the economic effects of COVID-19 Region 6 has improved our timeline to allocate these funds quickly.

Staff highly encourages applicants meet with staff to discuss their project idea, prior to submission.

  1. Complete the above “Economic Resilience and Recovery (ERR) Fast Access Application” and submit it to Jennifer Morgan, morgan@gwregion.org.
  2. Applications will be reviewed by staff and two Council members.
  3. Applicants have the opportunity to respond to any questions and submit a final application with tracked changes.
  4. Staff will write final comments and submit to the Regional Council/Executive Committee for review.

COVID-19 ERR IMPLEMENTATION AND STATEWIDE COMPETITIVE PROJECT MATERIALS: PDF | WORD

Attachment Templates:

Applicants applying for a COVID-19 ERR Statewide Competitive Grant are required to submit an Initial Project Review to be approved by the Region 6 Executive Committee or Council before Region 6 will be involved in a Statewide Competitive Grant.

HOW TO APPLY TIMELINE

Recommended Call/Meeting with Region 6 Staff
Applicant Submits Initial Project Review FormFebruary 28, 2020May 15, 2020August 14, 2020
Initial Project Review CallMarch 2-6, 2020May 18-22, 2020Aug 17-Aug 21, 2020
Applicant Works on ApplicationMarch 9-April 3, 2020May 25-June 19, 2020Aug 24 -Sept 18, 2020
Applicant Submits Final ApplicationApril 3, 2020June 19, 2020September 18, 2020
Review of Final Application by Staff and Two Council MembersApril 6-April 17, 2020June 22-July 2, 2020Sept 21-Oct 2, 2020
Applicant Responds to Questions; Sends Final Application with Tracked ChangesApril 20-April 24, 2020July 6-10, 2020Oct 5-9, 2020
Staff Writes Final CommentsApril 24, 2020July 10, 2020October 9, 2020
Application Sent to Full CouncilApril 24, 2020July 10, 2020October 9, 2020
Regional Council MeetingMay 4, 2020July 20, 2020October 19, 2020
GWRC Submits Approved Applications to DHCDMay 15, 2020July 31, 2020October 30, 2020
State Board Workgroup ReviewMay 26-28, 2020August 11-13, 2020November 10-12, 2020
State Board Feedback LoopJune 1-8, 2020August 14-21, 2020November 16-24, 2020
State Board Meeting (Applications Considered for Final Approval)June 23, 2020September 3, 2020December 8, 2020