DHCD Releases 2024 VATI Program Guidelines and Criteria

The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) recently issued the 2024 Virginia Telecommunications Initiative (VATI) program guidelines and criteria. The primary objective of the VATI grant is to provide financial assistance to supplement construction costs by private sector broadband service providers, in partnership with local units of government, to extend service to areas that presently are unserved by any broadband provider. All parties interested in applying for the 2024 VATI program were required to submit a non-binding VATI Notice of Application by October 19 to communicate their intent to apply. Within the CSPDC footprint, the following localities met this VATI requirement: Augusta and Rockbridge counties. Applications for the 2024 VATI program are due December 19. Proposals received under this program (sourced from the state general funding) will be scored, governed, and administered under the 2024 VATI guidelines and criteria.

A separate, but related program to bring universal broadband access across Virginia continues to progress forward. The Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program provides grant funding under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The Commonwealth of Virginia is among the top 10 states to receive a BEAD allocation: nearly $1.5B. The BEAD program aims to expand high-speed internet access to unserved or underserved areas, businesses, and community anchor institutions. Access to DHCD’s Commonwealth Connect: BEAD Program Five-Year Plan, a strategy to bridge the digital divide, is available at the link below:


Application dates and deadlines for the BEAD program will be posted separately on the VATI website: https://www.dhcd.virginia.gov/vati.

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