The Growth & Opportunity (GO) Virginia Board, responsible for awarding allotted funds to relevant projects, oversees nine Regional Councils, who submit project ideas to the Board for approval. The Virginia Department of Housing & Community Development supports the administrative aspects of both these entities, and the GO Virginia Foundation supports these efforts through education about best practices and advocacy.

All GO Virginia projects funded in Region 6 must:

Be in one of Region 6’s priority industry clusters:

  • Aquaculture / Seafood / Commercial Fishing / Marine Industries
  • Forestry / Wood Products / Paper
  • Manufacturing
  • Distribution / Logistics
  • Information / Data Centers
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services

Align with one of the State’s Project Themes:

  • Entrepreneurial Activities
  • Site Development
  • Workforce Development

Have collaboration between two or more localities and at least a 2:1 match for each project.

This is each Region’s guiding document. Every two years the GO Virginia State Board requires regions to update their regional Growth and Diversification Plan. This plan outlines a series of investment strategies to accelerate the creation of higher paying jobs in priority industry clusters. Click here to download the latest Growth and Diversification Plan.

GO Virginia Region 6 2023 Growth and Diversification Plan Update

For more information on what types of projects are funded through GO Virginia and application requirements, view the GO Virginia Program Manual. Click here to download the latest GO Virginia Program Manual.

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Funding Categories

GO Virginia has three funding categories in which the nine Regional Councils may use to fund projects.

Using per capita funding, these grants are planning grants i.e. Feasibility Studies, Pre-Development Activities, Plans, and Capacity Building Activities. Region 6 is only allowed to fund $250,000 of their $1 million allocation towards these types of grants.

Using per capita funding, these grants implement projects that produce outcomes and a ROI. Applicants may ask up to $1 million for these types of projects, depending on fund availability. 

About Per Capita Funds: Planning and Implementation are the two types of projects that can be funded through per capita funding allocations. Each year Region 6 receives about $1 million in project funds that are used over the course of the fiscal year to fund projects. Applicants can ask for any amount of money up to $1 million, however, the region may not currently have those funds on hand, depending on when the project is approved.

The Council has the ability to determine if the funding amount an applicant is asking for is acceptable or not and may reduce the amount approved towards a project.

These funds are for multi-region projects. These funds are separate from the regional allocation and are up to the discretion of the State Board to approve.