How-to-Apply Workshops for Small Business and Regional Economic Development Programs
The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD)will soon beaccepting applicationsfor the Virginia Main Street (VMS) Commercial District Affiliate Grant, Industrial Revitalization Fund (IRF), Community Business Launch (CBL) and GO Virginia programs for the upcoming year.
DHCD grant programs offer flexible resources to do more across your community and region. Register to attend a how-to-apply workshop near you to learn about the programs, successful projects, program changes for the coming year and how you can best position your effort.
Virginia Main Street
Commercial District Affiliate Grant
The Virginia Main Street (VMS) program offersgrants to communities and local organizations to help them achieve their downtown revitalization goals. These grants can assist with organizational capacity building, market studies, entrepreneur support programs, design projects and other consultant services that will contribute to the historic downtown neighborhood.
Industrial Revitalization Fund
Industrial Revitalization Fund (IRF) assists communities with the strategic redevelopment of vacant and deteriorated commercial properties. As these structures stand as a substantial deterrent for future economic opportunity in the surrounding area, IRF can be used to leverage local and private resources to achieve market-driven redevelopment of these structures. This will in turncreate a catalyst for long-term employment opportunities and ongoing physical and economic revitalization.
Community Business Launch
Community Business Launch (CBL) assists communities in taking a systems approach to building an asset-based small business development strategy. The program starts with a community's unique vision for its future and then uses a local business competition to find and foster the entrepreneurs that connect with that vision. CBL offers financial and content resources, guidance and a learning network of communities pursuing similar strategies. By designing your own CBL, you can help your community develop a coordinated, comprehensive and sustainable environment that identifies, launches and supports community-based entrepreneurs.
Through GO Virginia, regions establish strategies to grow and diversify their regional economy, and ultimately the entire Commonwealth of Virginia, by creating higher-wage jobs the will generate out-of-state revenue. GO Virginia provides funding for projects that support those strategies through regional collaboration between government, education, workforce, and business.