West Virginia has launched two new websites aimed at improving the state’s distribution of grants and infrastructure funding.
The first website, Grants.wv.gov, will function as a “one-stop-shop” for personal and business-based grant funding opportunities in the state. The governor’s office says the new site, which it touts as a “first-of-its-kind resource,: will make it easier for residents to find and apply for grants. The website also includes resources such as grant writing tips and other training materials to help organizations successfully apply for funding.
According to a press release from Gov. Jim Justice, the website will also serve as “a central resource for West Virginians to be connected with constituent services across state government, including, but not limited to: student financial aid, community development, and employment services, among others.” The governor’s office noted that the website will make sure residents always have someone they can reach out to when they need help.
The second website, the West Virginia Infrastructure Hub, is a platform designed to efficiently distribute funds from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) throughout the state. Gov. Justice’s office said West Virginia is expected to receive $7 billion over the next five years in Federal funding from the IIJA.
This website is designed to “ensure that the historic investment in infrastructure is distributed to where it is needed most.” The site will allow West Virginians to see exactly how the state is “moving the needle, answering questions like exactly how many miles of roads are being paved? How many new residences and businesses now have broadband access?”
Gov. Justice’s office did note that both sites remain in a soft launch phase as more funding opportunities and resources are added over the coming weeks.