The GO Virginia Region One Council is accepting applications for funding projects that could boost the region’s economy.

Projects funded will address one or more of the Council’s target areas, which include growing and strengthening industry sectors such as advanced manufacturing, agriculture/food and beverage manufacturing, information and emerging technologies as well as energy and minerals through activities such as talent development and retention, increasing innovation and infrastructure development.

Region One anticipates funding projects in varying amounts with project periods not exceeding two years. Each project requires a dollar for dollar match, which must come from a non-state appropriated source such as non-state public entities, federal or local funds, private sources or in-kind contributions.

Additionally, the goal of the State GO Virginia Board is to promote cross-jurisdictional collaboration. At least two or more localities (counties or independent cities) must be engaged in the project by contributing 20 percent of the required match, or $50,000, whichever is greater, for each proposed project. This may be waived by the GO Virginia State Board to half of the required amount, upon a finding of fiscal distress or an exceptional economic opportunity within the collaborating localities.

The primary purpose of GO Virginia is to create higher paying jobs, greater than the annual average wage of the region, which is $34,678. Projects to be funded must align with the Region One Growth and Diversification Plan.


GO Virginia Working Project Guidance - DHCD guidance for the development of funding applications for GO Virginia per capita and competitive grants.

GO Virginia Region One Growth Strategies & Metrics


Application Documents

GO Virginia Region One Grant Application Guidelines

Per Capita Grant Application
Collaborative projects, Broadband Infrastructure Implementation projects, and Enhanced Capacity Building projects requesting more than $100,000

Administrative Approval Application
Enhanced Capacity Building projects request $100,000 or less and Broadband Infrastructure Planning projects

Competitive Grant Application
Projects involving 2 or more GO Virginia regions requesting funds from the State-wide Competitive pool


The following templates are available for applicants to complete and return with the application submission. 


In determining the eligibility of the region and the amount of monies to be awarded for grant requests, the GO Virginia Board and the Region One Council will follow these weighting criteria. The GO Virginia Board reserves the right not to make an award to proposed grant requests that have a low score in one or more of the following areas:

    • Economic Impact (35%)
    • Regional Collaboration (30%)
    • Project Readiness (20%)
    • Project Sustainability (15%)

In order to be considered by the Regional Council, applications for funding must be received 45 days prior to the Region One Council meetings. Letters of Intent are recommended 30 days prior to the Region One application deadlines.

GO VA Region 1
Application Deadline
 GO VA Region 1 Council Meeting
December 2, 2019
January 14, 2020
March 13, 2020
April 28, 2020
May 29, 2020
July 14, 2020
August 28, 2020 October 20, 2020
December 4, 2020  

Technical assistance is available and all interested applicants are encouraged to reach out to the support organization contact, Kalen Hunter at

If you have a project that may be eligible for GO Virginia funding, please contact us by filling out the following form.