Governor McAuliffe held his first Grants Summit recently at the Patrick Henry Building in Richmond, Virginia. The educational event was attended by more than 70 State Agencies who gathered to hear from experts on writing an effective grant application.
The summit highlighted the Virginia grants portal, provided tips on writing a successful grant application, and highlighted the importance of establishing long term partnerships. Grants are an essential part of the Commonwealth’s federal funding opportunities that help fund critical areas such as education, health, public safety, and community development.
“Acquiring grant funding is a key way for state government to maximize the services we offer to taxpayers within budgetary resources we have,” said Governor McAuliffe. “Today’s summit brought together grant representatives from state agencies to share best practices and prepare to pursue every available financial opportunity wisely and aggressively.
Governor McAuliffe launched the Virginia Grants portal in September 2015 as a one-stop source for agencies to search for grant opportunities and to understand how federal tax dollars are being spent. The portal also provides information about which grants present opportunities for state and local governments as well as private businesses and organizations. The website was developed as a way to foster collaboration among the state agencies and increase transparency.