Building Collaborative Communities (BCC)

Building Collaborative Communities is designed to assist regions in creating and sustaining new economic opportunities across Virginia. The program promotes regional economic collaborations in economically-distressed areas to stimulate job creation, economic development and build community capacity and leadership.

Building Collaborative Communities is a broad-based program that that provides the financial and technical resources from a number of state entities. By working collaboratively, regions are able to capitalize upon the regional place based assets that create appealing and unique communities where people want to live and work.


Eligible applicants may be units of local government, regional partnerships, planning district commissions, nonprofits, and economic development organizations. Applicants must be broad-based partnerships comprised of leaders from relevant organizations and stakeholder groups. It is not necessary for a formal structure to be in place at the time of application, instead, the organizational development of an entity can be proposed as an output of the project. Proposals should target areas that do not have existing, regionally focused organizations, or those that have newly formed, emerging, regional entities.

Program Resources

Applications for the 2018 BCC funding cycle are due by April 7, 2017. If you would like to discuss a potential project, please contact Michelle Jones at (804) 371-7131.

Program Highlights

Funded Building Collaborative Communities Projects