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

Competitive Education Grant Program


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Funding Source
Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission (TRRC)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Virginia: Southern and Southwest Virginia

Important Dates
Deadline: 07/28/23 Midnight Save

Grant Description
Grants to Virginia nonprofit organizations, government agencies, academic institutions, and other schools in eligible locations to promote educational advancement and workforce development for local residents. Funding is intended to attract and retain employers by increasing education and raising the skill levels of the region’s labor pools. Eligible applicants are located in the service area for the Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission, including 40 tobacco-dependent localities in the Southern and Southwest areas of Virginia.

The Competitive Education program funds initiatives designed to assist residents of the tobacco region in obtaining levels of education previously not promoted, or available, in the region. Objectives for this funding are to enhance workforce readiness through support for proven and/or innovative programs and to focus on “gaps” between education supply and occupational demand with an emphasis on post-secondary STEM-H and advanced manufacturing career skills.

Applications must accomplish one or more of the following: 

  • Develop or expand regional programs to increase educational achievement as reflected by a 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 the development of new employment training opportunities including physical improvements, construction, or equipping of education facilities for the 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:

  • Are focused on Advance STEM-H and/ or Advanced Manufacturing workforce training.
  • 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.
  • Support the development or expansion of high-demand workforce training programs that offer non-traditionally timed instruction. 

Applicants will use the Competitive Education Program application and will select from the following investment strategies:

  • Advanced Manufacturing Workforce Training
  • Post-Secondary Programs with a focus on STEM-H
  • Workforce Training Programs
  • High School Equivalency Programs

For information about evaluation criteria, see:


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Applications will only be accepted from governmental entities, non-profit organizations, and educational institutions that provide workforce development programs, services, or facilities in the Tobacco Region.

Eligible applicants including the following:
- 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.
- Nonprofit Organizations: Incorporated non-profit organizations designated as tax-exempt by the federal Internal Revenue Service, such as 501(c)(3) entities.
- 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”); the governing body of a local or regional industrial or economic development authority; regional authority, and other governmental units.

Additional Geographic Information:

Eligible locations:

Pre-Application Information
The FY24 applications are due July 28, 2023, at midnight.

To obtain feedback prior to submitting a full application, eligible organizations are strongly encouraged to complete the pre-application form. The pre-application is optional.

All awards of grant funds require at least dollar-for-dollar (1:1) matching funds spent on direct new project expenses, with no more than 25% of the match requirement from “in-kind” sources.

Award decisions are expected to be made at the Commission’s meeting in October 2023.

Payment of grant funds will be subject to the terms of the grant agreement and will be disbursed on a reimbursement basis.


How to apply:

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
While there is no formal limit on the amount of available funds that may be requested, a typical average award is approximately $222,000.

Term of Contract
Commission funds are typically granted for a period of up to three years. Extensions beyond three years are possible for grants that have faced unforeseen delays but demonstrate substantial progress.

Contact Information
Pre-Application Form:

Register and Apply Online:

Contact TRRC’s grants staff for assistance with project design or to discuss a pre-application:
- Sarah Capps, Southern Regional Director (Rocky Mount, VA)
(540) 483-0179 ext. 2168,
- Sara Williams, Southwest Regional Director (Abingdon, VA)
(276) 619-4325,
- Vicki Humphreys, Grants Program Director (Richmond, VA)
(804) 894-9658,

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