Virginia Broadband Funding
Virginia Telecommunication Initiative (VATI)
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
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)
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.
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
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)
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.