Under new leadership at the West Virginia Department of Commerce, the West Virginia Development Office has announced a new grant making program for West Virginia nonprofits, revolving loan funds and CDFIs (community development financial institutions).
This program, called the West Virginia Community Advancement and Development Partnership Fund, is targeted towards economic and community development initiatives and projects that foster innovation, job creation and economic improvement for West Virginia communities.
Initiatives can include both non-construction and construction costs, but cannot include general operating costs and lobbying/advocacy costs, among other things.
Applications are sought from a range of stakeholders, particularly projects that can show direct job creation through economic development activities. Proposals are being sought from all geographic areas of the state.
Projects can include activities that:
- Enhance the commercial and industrial diversification of local and regional economies;
- Increase access to broadband;
- Attract and enhance sources of job-creating capital and investment (public and private);
- Support the development of community centers that provide essential community services;
- Increase workforce training opportunities for displaced workers;
- Foster the development of arts, culture, and recreation as economic engines;
- Provide entrepreneurship development and training;
- Provide analysis, assessment and planning activities that directly support economic development.
There is no minimum or maximum for grant proposals, though the general range seems to be between $50,000 – $100,000.
Applications are due April 14.
More information on the fund and the grant application documents are available here.
Through this program, our development office and the new leadership in the commerce department is demonstrating their commitment to investing in West Virginia communities in order to grow local economies.
We know that innovation and economic development are being led from the ground-up in many local communities. Through this partnership fund, the development office is creating a mechanism to support and grow those initiatives and the local leadership that is leading community economic development across our state.
We are excited to see what type of projects receive support through this new grant program.
The Hub won’t be submitting a proposal. Our interest is in you.
We are available to help provide support to anyone interested in learning more about the new program and submitting a proposal. As a community development network convener, we are committed to helping push forward high quality proposals from across the state.
If you’re interested, get in touch. We can help.