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$500,000 in telecommunication planning grants in Virginia

Staff writer |
Governor Terry McAuliffe announced $500,000 in grants through the Virginia Telecommunication Planning Initiative (VATPI).

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Grants were given to Albemarle, Augusta, Culpeper, New Kent, Bland and Pulaski counties and the town of Altavista. Two joint grants were also awarded to two regional projects including one for Bath and Highland counties and another for Alleghany, Botetourt and Craig counties, the city of Covington and the town of Clifton Forge.

The VATPI program provides funding for communities to develop a comprehensive community-based telecommunications plan.

Projects were selected through a two-phased process. Phase one was a letter of interest, and phase two was a detailed response.

Twenty-two letters of interest were received, representing 43 communities. Of those 22 letters of interest, 13 applicants were selected to participate in phase II.

Funding for the grants is allocated in a three-tier system. Tier one included grants up to $75,000, tier two has grants for up to $50,000, and tier three has grants up to $35,000.

The level of funding awarded is based on the telecommunication planning needs of the communities. Thirteen applications totaling more than $800,000 in funding were received.