Virginia Initiative for Growth and Opportunity in Each Region
Northern Virginia Regional Council (GONOVA - Region 7)


Request for Proposal

GO NOVA, the Go Virginia Northern Virginia Region 7 Council, is now accepting Letters of Interest for projects to be funded by the State’s new initiative to create jobs in high-wage industries. Region 7 includes the counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William; and the cities of Alexandria, Falls Church, Manassas, and Manassas Park. $3.2 million in state funds is available for award in this region, and will be shared by several successful proposals. In addition, $11.1 million in competitive state-wide funds is available for projects that engage localities in two or more of the state’s regions.

Projects funded will address one or more of the Council’s three broad goals:

  • Grow and strengthen Northern Virginia’s technology workforce,
  • Support the expansion of small and medium sized growth companies, and
  • Increase technology transfer and commercialization activities from research centers and institutions.

Projects supported by GO Virginia Funding must:

  • Involve industries that pay average annual wages greater than $70,000 in 2016 (see Attachment 1 for a list of qualifying industries)
  • Benefit two or more jurisdictions (county or independent city) in Region 7, or at least one Region 7 jurisdiction and a jurisdiction located elsewhere in Virginia Commit non-state sources of matching funds (50/50), including participation by included jurisdictions. “Non-state sources” means funding that is public (local or federal not state funding), private funding, or quantified in-kind
  • Generate new spending to Northern Virginia (not just recirculating local spending)
  • Proposed projects may use GO Virginia funding to start new programs and initiatives or expand successful existing programs.

Your letter of interest should:

  • Identify agencies involved in the proposed project
  • Provide a brief description (250 words maximum) of the project
  • Describe the expected outcome or result and the time period for achievement
  • Identify jurisdictions to be covered/involved
  • Identify the approximate amount of funding you would request from GO Virginia
  • Indicate potential sources of 50/50 matching funds
  • List contacts (including email addresses) for key participants
Letters of interest to beginning September 4, 2017.

For further information and to join the notification mailing list contact

Region 7 Solicitation Announcement Letter  

Region 7 VA Economic Growth and Diversification Plan