Grant Resource Access Network

The Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission’s Grant Resource Access Network (GRANT) is a system to notify area governments, non-profits, and other interested parties in the region of grant opportunities and resources available from local, state, and federal agencies, as well as private foundations. Additional GRANT resources and general technical assistance includes customized grant searches; mapping/GIS/GPS and related spatial services; demographic data provision and analysis; IMPLAN – Economic Analysis, and grant preparation assistance. For additional information or to request grant related assistance contact the Regional Commission at or 540.343.4417.


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The Regional Commission participates in GrantStation’s Co-Brand Partner Program to deliver the GrantStation Insider an e-newsletter that provides information on grant opportunities, grant deadlines, conferences and seminars, and industry news.

The Regional Commission partners with GrantStation to offer nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and government agencies the opportunity to identify potential funding sources for their programs or projects as well as resources to mentor these organizations through the grantseeking process. GrantStation provides access to a searchable database of private grantmakers that accept inquiries and proposals from a variety of organizations; federal deadlines; links to state funding agencies; and a growing database of international grantmakers.

Demographics and Data Sources
The Regional Commission’s Demographics website is a one-stop portal for links to a range of publically available demographic, economic, and spatial data from state and federal sources. As a State Data Center Affiliate, the Commission also receives a wide variety of data on employment, education, and economics from the Commonwealth of Virginia and the U.S. Census Bureau.

Mapping, GIS, GPS and Spatial Data
The Regional Commission’s offers a range of GIS Services (mapping/GIS/GPS) and related spatial data and information.

IMPLAN (IMpact Analysis for PLANning) – The Regional Commission offer customized economic impact analysis planning using IMPLAN, a nationally recognized software package.

FEDERAL RESOURCES is your source to FIND and APPLY for federal grants. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is proud to be the managing partner for, an initiative that is having an unparalleled impact on the grant community.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) provides a full listing of all Federal programs available to State and local governments (including the District of Columbia);federally-recognized Indian tribal governments; Territories (and possessions) of the United States; domestic public, quasi-public, and private profit and nonprofit organizations and institutions; specialized groups; and individuals.

Federal Register
The Office of the Federal Register informs citizens of their rights and obligations, documents the actions of Federal agencies, and provides a forum for public participation in the democratic process. Our publications provide access to a wide range of Federal benefits and opportunities for funding and contain comprehensive information about the various activities of the United States Government. – Track the Money
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 required the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board to create and maintain a website “to foster greater accountability and transparency in the use of funds made available in this Act.” The site’s primary mandate is to provide taxpayers with user-friendly, interactive tools to track how and where Recovery funds are spent.

Local Government Environmental Assistance Network
The Local Government Environmental Assistance Network provides environmental management, planning, funding, and regulatory information for local government elected and appointed officials, managers and staff. LGEAN is not intended to provide on-site compliance assistance to local governments but to give easy access to information and tools. LGEAN is one of EPA’s Compliance Assistance Centers that helps businesses, local governments, and federal facilities understand and comply with federal environmental requirements.

Federal Highway Administration – Discretionary Grant Programs
The FHWA administers discretionary programs through its various offices. These discretionary programs represent special funding categories where FHWA solicits for candidates and selects projects for funding based on applications received. Each program has its own eligibility and selection criteria that are established by law, by regulation, or administratively.

Environmental Protection Agency – Grants and Other Funding Opportunities
This site provides a listing of the EPA’s grant and funding opportunities along with information on how to apply for a grant. Opportunities cover a wide range of environmental topics, from pollution prevention to mitigation to education.

United States Department of Agriculture – Grants and Loans
Grants and loans funded by the USDA address rural farming needs, providing assistance for housing and farms along with community and business development and crop programs. These monies aim to support and promote American farmers.

Federal Transit Administration – Grant Program
The programs on this page were authorized under SAFETEA-LU, which expired on Sept. 30, 2012. However, SAFETEA-LU provisions still apply to funds made available in FY2012 and prior fiscal years. Grant recipients administering funds allocated or awarded under SAFETEA-LU should refer to the links below for information on eligible activities, eligible recipients, local match, and other program guidance. Information on programs authorized by MAP-21 is available at

Economic Development Administration – Federal Funding Opportunities
The EDA aims to lead the federal economic development agenda by promoting innovation and competitiveness, preparing American regions for growth and success in the worldwide.

Office of Management and Budget
The mission of OMB is to serve the President of the United States in implementing his vision across the Executive Branch. This is accomplished by helping a wide range of executive departments and agencies carrying out budget development and execution, management, coordination and review of all significant Federal regulations by executive agencies, legislative clearance and coordination, and executive Orders and Presidential Memoranda to agency heads and officials.


Virginia General Assembly – Legislative Information System (LIS)
The LIS is the legislative support agency that provides the computer services and technical guidance required by the General Assembly and its committees, commissions, and agencies. The searchable databases provide data on Bills and Resolutions, Session Summaries, Constitution of Virginia, Code of Virginia, Virginia Administrative Code, as well as House and Senate Documents.

Virginia Service – Funding & Grants
The Office on Volunteerism and Community Service (OVCS) serves organizations that strengthen their communities through volunteerism and service. Working with the Volunteer Center Network of Virginia and the Governor’s Advisory Board on Volunteerism and National Service, OVCS promotes a sustainable holistic, cohesive, collaborative statewide system of volunteer service.

2-1-1 Virginia
2-1-1 is an easy to remember phone number connecting people with free information on available community services. When you dial 2-1-1, a trained professional listens to your situation and suggests sources of help using one of the largest databases of health and human services in Virginia.

Virginia GrantWatch
The most up-to-date grants funding website for nonprofit grants, grants for small businesses, federal government grants, foundation grant funding, grant assistance programs, state grants, city grants and local grants.


Roanoke Entrepreneur Hub
As a place to live or to make a living, the Roanoke, Virginia region is recognized as one of the best. Its accessible East Coast location, Virginia’s status as a right-to-work state, and the surrounding natural amenities add up to an ideal setting for entrepreneurs. More information on grants, loans, equity funding, and incentives for a small business can be found on this page.

Nonprofit Resource Center for Southwest Virginia
The NRC offer workshops and seminars to provide education, training and technical assistance in Western Virginia that will enable the nonprofit sector to enhance performance, accountability, results, fiscal management and governance.

The Alleghany Foundation
The Alleghany Foundation was established in 1995 from proceeds from the sale of Alleghany Regional Hospital. Since then, the foundation has awarded $33 million in grants in the areas of health care, community development, historic preservation, social and community services.

Foundation for Roanoke Valley
It is the community foundation serving the cities of Roanoke, Salem, Lexington and Martinsville, the counties of Roanoke, Botetourt, Craig, Floyd, Franklin, Henry, Alleghany, and Rockbridge, and other surrounding areas. The foundation provides funds and resources to secure grants for current and future community needs and opportunities, while promoting and participating in collaborative efforts to shape a healthy caring community.


Foundation Center
Established in 1956 and today supported by close to 550 foundations, the Foundation Center is the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide. Through data, analysis, and training, it connects people who want to change the world to the resources they need to succeed.

Alliance for Community Trees
ACTrees supports the needs of communities, nonprofits, businesses, and others engaged in urban forestry. Working together, we’re improving the environment where over 90% of Americans live and work. ACTrees grants help seed local model programs, while our awards recognize individual efforts to advance urban forestry. ACTrees scholarships give our members a seat at the table for critical conferences and trainings.

Non-profit Guides
Non-profit guides are free Web-based grant-writing tools for non-profit organizations, charitable, educational, public organizations, and other community-minded groups. Our guides are designed to assist established US-based non-profits through the grant-writing process.

State Science & Technology Institute (SSTI)
SSTI has developed a nationwide network of practitioners and policymakers dedicated to improving the economy through science and technology. This network has resulted in unique access to information. SSTI uses this access to assist states and communities as they build tech-based economies, conduct research on best practices and trends in tech-based economic development, and encourage cooperation among and between state and federal programs.

The Grantsmanship Center – Funding Sources
The Grantsmanship Center Funding Sources page provides information on local, federal, and international funding from governmental and private funding sources.


Virginia Performs
Virginia Performs uses a range of quality of life indicators to measure the Commonwealth’s performance from region to region and compared to other states.

Housing Virginia Housing Affordability Index Sourcebook
The Housing Affordability Index (HAI) is acomprehensive housing affordability resource designed to provide a benchmark of general affordability over time based on a range of housing affordability measure are available for Virginia, metropolitan areas, independent cities, and counties and are provided over a five-year time period.

Housing + Transportation Affordability Index
The Housing + Transportation Affordability Index is tool that measures the true affordability of housing by calculating the transportation costs associated with a home’s location. As previously noted a commonly the accepted measure housing affordability is spending 30% or less of income on housing costs. The H+T℠ Index suggests that 45% of income is a conservative estimate for combined housing and transportation expenditures, and a reasonable goal that helps insure adequate funds remain for other household necessities.

Community Indicators and Profiles (Council of Community Services)
Interactive database providing information that allows the user to look at data and compare indicators over a period of time for a specific locality as well as comparing a specific locality to other region localities, the state or a “regional” aggregate data point.

Cost of Living Index (COLI)
The ACCRA Cost of Living Index (COLI) is produced by the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) and provides measure of living cost differences among urban areas. The COLI measures relative price levels for consumer goods and services in participating areas based on different weighted categories of consumer expenditures. The average for all participating places, both metropolitan and nonmetropolitan, equals 100, and each participant’s index is read as a percentage of the average for all places. Categories include groceries, housing utilities, transportation, health care, miscellaneous goods and services.

Family Budget Calculator – Economic Policy Institute
EPI’s Family Budget Calculator measures the income a family needs in order to attain a secure yet modest living standard by estimating community-specific costs of housing, food, child care, transportation, health care, other necessities, and taxes. The budgets, updated for 2013, are calculated for 615 U.S. communities and six family types (either one or two parents with one, two, or three children).

Living Wage Calculator – Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Living wage calculator to estimate the cost of living in your community or region. The calculator lists typical expenses, the living wage and typical wages for the selected location.

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