Eligible applicants are local governments, special purpose and public service districts, or public works commissions. Not-for-profit water/sewer companies are not eligible as applicants but may be assisted with RIA funds if the local government being served by the project agrees to be the applicant.
Assistance is available for a variety of water, waste water and storm water drainage activities. While RIA often prioritizes upgrades and improvements of existing infrastructure, extensions of lines and new construction activities also are eligible.
RIA funds must be used for project-related construction costs. Applicants are responsible for all planning, engineering, permitting, acquisition, legal or other non-construction related costs. There is an additional match requirement, depending on the location of the project. Click on the map to view counties where a 25% construction match is required.
RIA strives to make the application process straightforward and easy to understand. The steps involved – from identification of the project to the chief executive official’s signature on the application – are highlighted in the graphic below for you to use as a planning guide. RIA staff are available to answer questions and help you throughout the process!