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Workforce Financial Aid (WFA)

Grants to Virginia IHEs and Colleges in the Southern and Southwest
Regions to Assist Students in Tobacco-Dependent Communities

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Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission (TRRC)

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Grants to Virginia centers for higher education and community colleges in the Southern and Southwest regions for students to advance their education and careers within tobacco-dependent communities. Funding is intended to financially assist residents seeking to obtain nationally-recognized workforce and post-secondary credentials required for employment in in-demand careers with Tobacco Region employers. WFA support shall be used only for tuition and mandatory fees.

WFA proposals should focus - to the maximum extent possible - on the ranked funding priorities adopted by the Education Committee, as follows:
1. Workforce Credentials - All certifications that can be completed in six months or fewer;
2. STEM-H and Advanced Manufacturing applicants who can attain their degree/certificate within one year;
3. STEM-H and Advanced Manufacturing applicants who are working towards a degree or certificate, for which completion will require more than one year;
4. All other students who might obtain their degree/certificate within one year;
5. All other full-time, program-placed students, for which completion will require more than one year.

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GrantWatch ID#: 185253

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Maximum Funding Requests: The Education Committee has made additional funds available for FY 2019-20 requests, over the amounts approved for 2018-19. Therefore, the amount requested by each institution should not exceed 105% of the amount that was approved for WFA funds for that institution for the current 2018-19 school year. The amount requested by institutions that received the maximum $300,000 funding for 2018-19 should therefore not exceed $315,000.

Term of Contract:

Funding is meant to serve permanent residents of Tobacco Region localities in the 2019-20 school year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The TRRC Education Committee’s sub-program for Workforce Financial Aid (WFA) is open to Community Colleges and Higher Education Centers (including New College Institute) that serve the Tobacco Region.

Books, transportation and other expenses will not be eligible for WFA.

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals submitted by the March 28th due date will be acted on by the Commission at its meetings to be scheduled in May/June 2019.

Pre-Application for Tobacco Commission Funds:
The Tobacco Commission’s pre-application is a non-binding tool for discussion of your project. Please provide a brief response to each of the following issues so that staff may provide feedback and discuss a possible full application to one of the Commission’s grant programs.

Per the Code of Virginia, 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 financial aid support equal to or exceeding the requested TRRC funds.

For more information on this grant:

For questions concerning program objectives, the application process, and funding requirements contact Timothy S. Pfohl or Suzette M. Patterson.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For pre-application:

For more information:
Timothy S. Pfohl, Grants Director
804- 786-2403

Suzette M. Patterson, Grants System Manager

Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission
701 E. Franklin St., Ste. 501
Richmond, Virginia 23219
P: 804- 225-2027
F: 804-786-3210

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Virginia: Southern and Southwest