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Competitive Education Grant Program

Grants to Virginia Nonprofits, Agencies, and IHEs
in Eligible Regions for Career Development Opportunities

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Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission (TRRC)

Deadline Date:

04/02/20

Description:

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Grants to Virginia nonprofit organizations, government agencies, IHEs, and other educational institutions in eligible regions to promote educational advancement and workforce development for local residents. Funding is intended to support programs that increase the education and skill levels of labor pools in the tobacco region, as a method to attract and retain employers. Programs should address gaps between the educational supply and workforce demand, with an emphasis on STEM-H and advanced manufacturing. Eligible applicants are located in Southern and Southwest Virginia.

The purpose of the grant program is to fund initiatives designed to assist residents of the tobacco region to obtain levels of education previously not promoted, or available, in the region. The Commission views education and training as prerequisites for citizen participation in the highly competitive global economy and in a networked society; and as essential for advancing productivity, innovation and entrepreneurship, where knowledge workers are vital to the process of transforming the region. 

Strategies and uses of funds expected to be supported under this program include (but are not limited to) proposals that:

  • Develop or expand regional programs to increase educational achievement as reflected by degree or credential completion in GED attainment, work-readiness certification and post-secondary higher education;
  • Initiate training programs and facilities that result in industry-led national certifications for high demand careers, as defined in partnership with regional businesses and industries, including STEM-H;
  • Support existing private sector companies through industry-led workforce training or retraining of current and prospective workers for targeted high-demand employment opportunities, including work-based opportunities such as registered apprenticeships and on- the-job training programs;
  • Assist communities and institutions in development of new employment training opportunities including physical improvements, construction, or equipping of education facilities for development of distance learning centers and/or on-site education programs that were previously unavailable to residents of the region.

Priority consideration will be given to proposals that 1) Advance STEM-H and/or Advanced Manufacturing workforce training; and 2) Provide training in conjunction with a private company’s commitment to create new jobs and/or fill existing job openings where there are direct articulated employment linkages between program graduates and employers.

For information about evaluation criteria, see: https://www.revitalizeva.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/FY20-Competitive-Educ-guidelines-Jan2020.pdf#page=3

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 144722

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$1,500,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

While there is no stated minimum or maximum amount for requests, Competitive Education awards in FY19 ranged from $26K to $600K, with an average grant award of $250K. The number of awards and grant or loan award amounts are subject to the quality and quantity of proposals received and other applicable considerations. Requests that seek a majority of available funds will receive lower funding consideration and are unlikely to receive a positive Staff recommendation.

Term of Contract:

Proposals should plan for TRRC-funded project activities to start no earlier than June 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications for grant funds will only be accepted from public or incorporated non-profit private organizations located in and/or providing economic revitalization programs, services, or facilities in the tobacco region. Eligible applicants including the following:
- Government Entities - Government entities within the tobacco region or their duly constituted political subdivisions. This includes the governing body of any city, county or town (“locality”); governing body of a local or regional industrial or economic development authority; regional authority, and other governmental unit.
- Non-Profit Organizations - Incorporated non-profit organizations designated as tax-exempt by the federal Internal Revenue Service, such as 501(c)(3) entities.
- Educational Institutions - Public or private non-profit institutions of higher education, and other education or training institutions constituted and located in Virginia; or entities not constituted in Virginia but with significant, enduring investments and service delivery in the tobacco region.

General Non-Eligible Uses of Funds:
https://www.revitalizeva.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Current-Funding-Policies.pdf#page=5

Additional Types of Expenses Not Eligible for Reimbursement:
https://www.revitalizeva.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Current-Funding-Policies.pdf#page=10

Pre-Application Information:

On-line applications must be submitted through the Commission’s application portal by the April 2, 2020 application deadline.

It is anticipated that the Commission will make final funding decisions at its meeting in late-May 2020 (date tbd).

Prospective applicants are encouraged to use the Commission’s Pre-Application. The Pre-Application is an optional, non-binding means of communicating your project concept to TRRC Staff for feedback and guidance prior to submitting a full application.

All Commission grants require at least dollar-for-dollar match on the funding request to the Commission. Applicants must demonstrate how they will provide non-Commission matching funds of at least 50% of the total cost of the project. No more than 25% of the required matching funds may be in-kind project contributions.

Grant funds are provided as reimbursements for eligible project costs.

Additional information: https://www.revitalizeva.org/tools-resources/workforce-development/

FAQ: https://www.revitalizeva.org/grant-loan-program/f-a-q/

How to apply: https://www.revitalizeva.org/

Contact Information:

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/

Register and Apply Online:
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For more information:
Timothy S. Pfohl, Grants Director
TPfohl@revitalizeva.org
804- 786-2403

Suzette Patterson, Grants System Manager
804-225-3572
SPatterson@revitalizeva.org

Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission
701 E. Franklin St., Ste. 501
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 225-2027
Fax: (804) 786-3210
info@revitalizeva.org

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USA: Virginia: Southern and Southwest Virginia

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