State Grants

Grants are offered to assist in the development of reliable infrastructure statewide and increase capacity for economic growth. Financial assistance is made available during two competitive funding rounds annually. Applications are reviewed on a comparative basis with consideration of the relative need, feasibility and impact of each project. Funding decisions are made by the RIA’s Board of Directors. RIA staff can provide technical assistance to help communities apply for funding to address critical infrastructure needs.

Click below to download the FY25 Program Strategy, which outlines the available programs, or register for the upcoming Application and Program Updates webinar.

Basic Infrastructure

The Basic Infrastructure program is designed to assist communities in complying with environmental quality standards, protecting public health from other environmental concerns or improving the capacity of existing infrastructure. Funds may be also used to address infrastructure that has exceeded its useful life and no longer provides quality services.

Economic Infrastructure/Jobs

Through the Economic Infrastructure program, funding will help build or enhance local infrastructure to support economic development that will create and retain jobs as well as boost opportunities for future economic impact. Reliable infrastructure benefits both new and existing businesses and puts communities in a position to attract additional investment that will contribute to long-term community sustainability.


Projects that require an urgent response to resolve a documented emergency may be submitted at any time for Tier 3 & 4 counties. Consider the following when trying to determine if the project meets the definition of an emergency need: the situation is an imminent threat to the health or environment, urgent or immediate action is required, and finally, no other resources are available to address the situation.

Infrastructure Planning

Infrastructure Planning grants are designed to support water, sewer and stormwater systems in planning for long-term viability. Entities that are seeking a path to viability through regional consolidation or other partnerships may also apply for assistance to assess the feasibility and resource requirements of a regional solution.

Program Strategy

The SC Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA) Annual Grant Program Strategy reflects the Board of Directors’ plan for distributing grant funds and selecting qualified infrastructure projects. It serves as a guiding document for those interested in applying for financial assistance. Updated annually in July, each grant program category includes a description of the available funds, eligible activities, priorities and other pertinent information for applicants.

How to Apply

Learn more about state grant program eligibility, match requirements and the application process.

Project Management

Already have a state grant? Take a look at the project management procedures, forms and other resources available to help you successfully implement a project.

Frequently Asked Questions

Want to learn more about applying for a state grant? See answers to common questions about the state grant program.

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