Virginia Broadband Funding

Virginia Telecommunication Initiative (VATI)

Source: Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD)

Eligible Applicant: A unit of government (Towns, Cities, Counties, EDA/IDA, Broadband/Wireless Authorities, Planning District Commissions, etc.) with a private sector provider(s) as a co-applicant.

Description: To provide financial assistance to supplement construction costs by private sector providers to extend services to areas that are presently unserved. Unserved areas are defined as having broadband speeds of 10 Mbps download and 1Mbps upload or less. In addition, a proposed project area is considered eligible if less than 10% of serviceable units are served from any other service provider as of the date of the application for the proposed project areas.

Last Mile Broadband Grant Program

Source: Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission (TRRC)

Eligible Applicant: A unit of government within the Tobacco Region (Towns, Cities, Counties, EDA/IDA, Broadband/Wireless Authorities, Planning District Commissions, etc.), with a private sector provider(s) as a co-applicant.

Description: The objective of Last-Mile funding is to provide one-time financial assistance to supplement construction costs by private sector broadband service providers, in partnership with local units of government, to extend greater than 10/1 Mbps service to areas that presently are unserved by any broadband provider.

Community Development Block Grant Planning Grant (CDBG)

Source: Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD)

Eligible Applicant: Units of local government in non-entitlement localities.

Description: Funds available for 3 areas: planning grants, local innovation grants, implementation and economic development, and large scale local level projects ~ 700K.

GO Virginia

Source: Virginia Initiative for Growth & Opportunity in Each Region (GO Virginia)

Description: Funding will be made available within all nine GO Virginia regions for regional broadband planning efforts, as well as support for select middle-mile broadband infrastructure projects focused on meeting community business needs.

Virginia Pooled Financing Program

Source: Virginia Resources Authority (VRA)

Eligible Applicant: Local governments

Description: VRA provides financing for essential projects. All VRA’s authorized project areas are eligible for financing in the Virginia Pooled Financing Program (VPFP). Since inception in 2003, over 100 local governments in Virginia have utilized this program to finance or refinance over $2 billion in infrastructure projects.

Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development (AFID)

Source: Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS)

Eligible Applicant: Political subdivision or alliance of subdivisions.

Description: Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development (AFID) Fund is a discretionary, performance-based economic development incentive specifically for agriculture and forestry value-added or processing projects. Broadband projects are eligible; there has not been any broadband-related projects approved for AFID funding yet, however.