APPLY TO REGION ONE GRANT PROGRAMS
APPLICATION REVIEW PROCESS
REVIEW COMMITTEE OF GO VA REGION ONE COUNCIL
SUBJECT MATTER EXPERTS (SMEs)
WORKING GROUP OF SMEs
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 VIRGINIA REGION ONE FUNDING
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.
ADDITIONAL APPLICATION DOCUMENTS
The following templates are available for applicants to complete and return with the application submission:
TALENT PATHWAYS INITIATIVE — COORDINATING ENTITY APPLICATION
GO Virginia Region One is seeking applications for interested parties willing to serve as the Region 1 Talent Pathways Initiative Coordinating Entity. The GO Virginia Talent Pathways Initiative will foster collaboration by business and education to meet workforce needs by developing, retaining, and attracting talent to the Commonwealth to meet the needs of Virginia businesses. Region 1 can access up to $250,000 to conduct a situational analysis and support the development of a regional talent pathway strategy to support the workforce needs of priority targeted industry clusters as identified in the Region 1 2021 Growth and Diversification plan. GO Virginia Region 1 has selected Advanced Manufacturing as the priority cluster for the Talent Pathways Initiative. The selected coordinating entity will be responsible for providing the 2:1 match from non-state sources.
With oversight by the regional council, the Region 1 Talent Pathways Initiative Coordinating Entity will be tasked with developing a comprehensive talent pathway analysis and prioritize strategic investments with input from regional stakeholders. Planning grants should be completed within one year.
To facilitate the analysis of talent pathways that support sustained economic growth and talent development and retention in the Commonwealth, planning activities must include:
Development of industry coalitions directed by industry leaders and engaging workforce system partners to guide and advise on the following:
Completion of a quantitative and qualitative situational analysis of the workforce needs for one or more high-impact industry clusters prioritized by each region,
Completion of a gap analysis related to the jobs needed to help such clusters grow,
Identification of the skills and training needed for people to fill such jobs, including those provided through high school career and technical education, credentials, certifications, apprenticeships, internships, and other degree and non-degree programs, including a gap analysis of where such programs fall short in meeting identified needs,
Development of an asset map that evaluates the region’s capacity (institutions, programs) to support the identified unmet workforce needs,
Identify strategies and supporting highest-impact pathway projects for future implementation.
All interested applicants should complete and submit an application and the appropriate documentation by the close of business (5:00 p.m. ET) on Friday, June 2, 2023, via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The email subject line should read “Region 1 Talent Pathways Initiative Coordinating Entity Application.” The GO Virginia Region 1 Council will select an organization to serve as the coordinating entity at the July 18, 2023 meeting. Planning applications for Talent Pathways Initiative funding will be submitted by the selected coordinating entity on August 11, 2023 for regional council review. Funding approval will be determined by the GO Virginia State Board at the December 12, 2023 meeting.