New GO Virginia Economic Resilience & Recovery Grant Program

The GO Virginia State Board has dedicated up to $14.66M from the PY20 statewide competitive pool to create the GO Virginia Economic Resilience and Recovery Grant Program (ERR) to respond to the unprecedented economic conditions facing Virginia due to the near and long-term effects of the coronavirus on regional economies. This program would help regions build capacity to support and serve existing businesses, prioritizing traded sectors and essential businesses, including the healthcare system and its supply chain during this crisis.

Region One is eligible to apply for up to $1.0M with $5.66M in reserve for all regions for extraordinary need or extraordinary positive economic impact. The ERR program requires a 2:1 match and the match must come from non-state sources of revenue. No local match is required. All GO Virginia projects require the participation of two or more localities. If no local match (cash or in-kind) is provided, letters of endorsement from two or more localities or a public body representing the interest of two or more localities will be required and the project must demonstrate meaningful participation of those public bodies.

This program is time limited, with an initial 12-month application window (April 18, 2021) unless extended by the GO Virginia State Board.

Key activities as part of this program would include:
1. Reevaluate priorities in Growth and Diversification plans;

2. Prioritize identified industry targets based on immediate impact and influence on the regional economy;

3. Assess community and business needs; and

4. Focus resources on actionable strategies that expand or build needed capacity and that support sustaining and expanding firms in targeted industry clusters and/or highlyimpacted locally traded sectors as identified by the regional councils.

Regional Councils may wish to partner on projects that have significant statewide impact and where they have shared interests (industry focus, common strategies) or where there would be efficiencies in operating at scale. Two or more partnering councils may apply for the $5.66 M available for statewide projects. A lead Council must receive, review, and approve the project and submit it for consideration by the State Board. Partnering Regions must have meaningful involvement and have their respective Council formally endorse the application.

ERR Program Guidelines

ERR Fast Access Application
Projects requesting $100,000 or less

ERR Application
Projects requesting more than $100,000

New Southwest Virginia Talent Mobilization & Small Business Retooling Initiative

GO Virginia Region One is partnering with the region's higher education institutions to mobilize the talent of Southwest Virginia in cross-disciplinary teams of students that will help small businesses develop or enhance their online presence. Student interns will have experience in web development, social media marketing, content creation, marketing, communications, and project management.

Small businesses will be responsible for communicating effectively with the student interns and completing a needs assessment to develop a scope of work to guide the project. Small businesses will provide feedback to the Program Coordinator and will be required to attend at least two webinars/trainings during the 12-week program. Small businesses will be selected by a Small Business Steering Panel which includes input and representation from Opportunity SWVA, Small Business Development Centers, Destination Marketing Organizations, and Planning District Commissions to identify qualifying businesses that are in need of assistance.

GO Virginia Region One will be accepting small business applications on a rolling basis through July 13, 2020. Interested businesses will need to complete the Small Business Application and email these to Tommy Asher (, Program Coordinator.

SWVA Talent Mobilizatin & Small Business Retooling Initiative-Small Business Application


GO Virginia Region One 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. The primary purpose of GO Virginia is to create higher paying jobs, greater than the annual average wage of the region, which is $34,823. 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


Per Capita & Competitive Application Documents

GO Virginia Region One Grant Application Guidelines

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

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

Competitive Grant Application
Projects involving 2 or more GO Virginia regions requesting funds from the Statewide 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.