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:

  • Does the project align with one of Region 6’s priority industry clusters? They are: Aquaculture / Seafood / Commercial Fishing / Marine Industries; Forestry / Wood Products / Paper; Manufacturing; Logistics / Distribution; Information / Data Centers; and Professional, Scientific and Technical Services
  • Does the project align with one or more of the following Statewide Project Themes? Entrepreneurial Activities, Regional Site Development, Workforce Development
  • GO Virginia funding seeks to grow jobs that pay higher than the regional median wage ($22/hour or $44,058 annually), and attracts new investment, especially new to Virginia. 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 king 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. Projects should emphasize traded sectors and demonstrate an ongoing, region-wide demand for the project or program. Projects also are required to demonstrate strong local match and meaningful local participation and leadership. 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, 1:1 match, no local match requirement

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


No maximum on ask, 1:1 match, of which 20% or $50,000 (whichever is greater) must be from local governments

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.

STOP: Key Project Requirements​​


  • Entrepreneurial Activities
  • Regional Site Development
  • Workforce Development


  • Healthcare or quality of life projects
  • 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.

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

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.

Potentially interested applicants are required to submit a Letter of Intent:

  • Includes the name and contact information of the expected primary applicant
  • Identifies possible Region 6 jurisdictions to be impacted/involved
  • Includes list of likely partners and collaborators
  • Provides a brief narrative description of the project
  • Identifies likely total costs including anticipated GO Virginia request and matching fund sources
  • Includes a clear description of expected outcome or result – clearly describing how the project would spur growth of higher-wage jobs in one or more of Region 6’s priority clusters AND respond to one or more of the identified strategies in the Region 6 Growth and Diversification Plan

In order to apply for funding through GO Virginia Region 6, prospective applicants are required to submit a letter of intent, using the template above, to Jennifer Morgan via email (morgan@gwregion.org).

Applicants applying for a State Competitive Grant are required to submit a Letter of Intent to be approved by the Region 6 Executive Committee before Region 6 will be involved in a State Competitive Grant. Executive Committee meetings are held bi-monthly and dates can be found on the Calendar’s page of Region 6’s website.

For clarification on these guidelines, or for help with initial brainstorming, please reach out to Jennifer Morgan at 540-642-1571 or morgan@gwregion.org.

  • Letter of Intent Template: Word

Full FY20 Project Application Packet: PDF | Word

  • Application Form: Word
  • Attachment Templates:
    • Project Milestones & Drawdown Schedule: Word
    • Performance Metrics: Word
    • Return on Investment (ROI) Calculations: Excel
    • In-Kind Contribution Form: Excel
    • Budget Overview Form: Excel
Applicants applying for a State Competitive Grant must complete the Competitive Applications Form and have their project approved by the Region Council.
Competitive Applications Form: PDF

Projects must adhere to the requirements outlined in the following documents:

These requirements, as well as policy decisions made by the State Board, are summarized in the FY20 Project Application Packet. The packet includes grant guidelines, the letter of intent template, the application form, and attachment templates.

Application Timeline

 Round 3Round 4Round 5Round 6Round 7Round 8Round 9Round 10
Letters of Intent due to GWRCAug 09, 2019Oct 11, 2019Dec 06, 2019Feb 14, 2020Apr 17, 2020Jun 12, 2020Aug 14, 2020Oct 09, 2020
Interested Applicants meet with StaffAug 12-23, 2019Oct 15-25, 2019Dec 9-20, 2019Feb 18-28, 2020Apr 21-May 1, 2020Jun 16-26, 2020Aug 18-28, 2020Oct 13-23, 2020
Applications due to GWRCSep 20, 2019Nov 22, 2019Jan 24, 2020Mar 27, 2020May 22, 2020Jul 24, 2020Sep 18, 2020Nov 20, 2020
Staff ReviewSept 23-27, 2019Nov 25-27, 2019Jan 27-31, 2020Mar 30-Apr 3, 2020May 25-29, 2020Jul 27-31, 2020Sept 21-Sept 25, 2020Nov 30-Dec 4, 2020
Applicants Meet with Interview PanelSept 30-Oct 4, 2019Dec 2-6, 2019Feb 3-7, 2020Apr 6-10, 2020Jun 1-5, 2020Aug 3-7, 2020Sept 28-Oct 2, 2020Dec 7-11, 2020
Regional Council Meeting (Applications Considered for Region 6 Approval)Oct 07, 2019Dec 09, 2019Feb 10, 2020Apr 13, 2020Jun 08, 2020Aug 10, 2020Oct 05, 2020Dec 14, 2020
GWRC Submits Approved Applications to DHCDOct 28, 2019Feb 07, 2020May 15, 2020May 15, 2020Jul 31, 2020Oct 30, 2020Oct 30, 2020*TBD
State Board Workgroup ReviewNov 5-6, 2019Feb 19-20, 2020May 26-28, 2020May 26-28, 2020Aug 11-13, 2020Nov 10-12, 2020Nov 10-12, 2020*TBD
State Board Feedback LoopNov 8-19, 2019Feb 24-Mar 3, 2020Jun 1-8, 2020Jun 1-8, 2020Aug 14-21, 2020Nov 16-24, 2020Nov 16-24, 2020*TBD
State Board Meeting (Applications Considered for Final Approval)Dec 10, 2019Mar 17, 2020Jun 23, 2020Jun 23, 2020Sep 03, 2020Dec 08, 2020Dec 08, 2020*TBD