Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission (TRRC)
Grants and loan agreements to Virginia nonprofit organizations and governmental agencies for projects that promote economic development and growth in eligible regions. Projects must fall into one of the following categories: business development, sites and infrastructure, agribusiness, broadband, and tourism. Eligible projects must benefit the Southwest Virginia area of Virginia's Tobacco Region.
A. Business Development: The Commission will consider awarding grants and loans to facilitate the development of new industry and employment clusters, to support traditional economies, and to grow entrepreneurial systems that result in a diversified regional economy. In addition to continuing support for improving and marketing the region's industrial sites, projects under this category also include strategies for the creation of higher paying jobs and the attraction of skilled workers to rural downtown commercial districts.
B. Sites and Infrastructure: The Commission will consider awarding grants and loans to support the development of critical infrastructure necessary to provide a competitive environment for the recruitment of new jobs and investment to the Tobacco Region.
C. Agribusiness: The Commission will consider awarding grants and loans for agribusiness projects that create or expand market opportunities for regional producers and that result in a quantifiable increase in net farm income.
D. Broadband: The Commission will consider funding projects that provide unserved areas of the Tobacco Region with access to broadband speeds of at least 25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload. Projects proposing higher speeds may receive more favorable consideration, however, the objective is to address the needs unserved areas, rather than providing superior service to a few areas.
E. Tourism: The Commission will consider awarding grants and loans for tourism destination infrastructure projects and for regional tourism marketing initiatives.
For more details on each of the investment categories, see the following link: https://www.revitalizeva.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/FY22-Southwest-VA-Program-RFP.09222021.pdf#page=6
GrantWatch ID#: 168369
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Pre-application form: https://www.revitalizeva.org/pre-application-for-tobacco-commission-funds/
Apply online: https://vtc.smartsimple.com/s_Login.jsp
For technical assistance:
Suzette Patterson, Grants System Manager
Contact TRRC’s grants staff for assistance with project design or to discuss a pre-application:
Sara Williams, Southwest Regional Director (Abingdon, VA)
(276) 619-4325, email@example.com
Mike Kaestner, Grants Program Director (Richmond, VA)
(804) 894-9658, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission
701 E. Franklin St., Ste. 501
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 225-2027
Fax: (804) 786-3210
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