Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD)
09/14/21 11:59 PM
Grants to Virginia local government agencies partnering with a private internet service provider to extend broadband services to communities throughout the state. Funding is intended to cover a portion of the construction costs associated with establishing infrastructure in unserved areas.
Notwithstanding program requirements that applications include a private-sector internet service provider as the co-applicant, the Fiscal Year 2022 round of VATI will implement a one-year pilot program in which public broadband authorities may apply directly for Virginia Telecommunications Initiative funds without investment from the private sector.
Administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), the Virginia Telecommunication Initiative (VATI) enhances the sustainability and growth of communities throughout the Commonwealth by preparing those communities to build, utilize, and capitalize on telecommunications infrastructure.
The primary objective of VATI is to provide financial assistance to supplement construction costs by private sector broadband service providers, in partnership with local units of government, to extend service to areas that presently are unserved by any broadband provider.
Governor Northam has set a goal for universal broadband coverage throughout the Commonwealth by 2028. To that end, DHCD encourages applicants to ensure all projects either achieve, or are part of a plan to achieve, universal broadband for the locality or region. Localities can find resources for developing a universal broadband plan on the Commonwealth Connect website at http://www.commonwealthconnect.virginia.gov/broadband-toolkit.
GrantWatch ID#: 196732
DHCD reserves the right to award any amount to eligible grantees, depending entirely on the quality and quantity of applications received. VATI funding shall not exceed 80 percent of the total project cost.
Applicants must demonstrate that projects will be completed within 18 months. DHCD will consider longer project timelines for larger project areas if applicants can sufficiently detail the reasoning for an extended timeline in their application.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Applicants must submit a copy of the VATI Notice of Application to DHCD at: email@example.com.
Additional guidance and questions regarding project development or about the VATI, guidelines and criteria should be directed to:
Tamarah Holmes, Ph.D. Director, Office of Broadband
Chandler Vaughan, Broadband Policy Analyst
VATI email address:
Please refer questions regarding your application submittal through CAMS to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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