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The SC Rural Infrastructure Authority was established in 2012 to assist communities with financing for qualified infrastructure projects for water and waste water systems as well as storm water drainage facilities. Although RIA initially offered grants for projects in rural and distressed counties, the programs were expanded to make grant and loan assistance available statewide.
The success of communities is vitally important to our quality of life in South Carolina. One way to build stronger communities is to invest in infrastructure that is capable of supporting homes, schools and businesses. Such investments will help maintain the quality of life for residents and open the door to new economic opportunities. By providing grant and loan financing options, as well as training, technical assistance and funding coordination, RIA efforts are designed to build local capacity and position communities for success.
Assistance is available for local governments, special purpose and public service districts as well as public works commissions for constructing and improving a variety of water infrastructure projects statewide.
Low-interest, fixed-rate financing is available for qualifying public entities throughout the state to assist with drinking water projects and publically-owned treatment facilities as well as non-point source management activities. Eligible borrowers include counties, municipalities and special purpose districts.