Funding Partners

Infrastructure Funders

RIA regularly coordinates with other SC Infrastructure Funders including representatives from federal and state agencies that provide funding for infrastructure in South Carolina. These collaborative efforts help to address funding gaps and identify solutions to current challenges. To facilitate these efforts, two resources were developed to assist entities seeking assistance: the Funding Resources chart and the Project Information Form. The Project Information Form allows a community to describe a proposed project and receive technical assistance from all possible funders. This form may be submitted at any time to one of the SC Infrastructure Funders listed below.

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SC Department of Commerce 

The Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) provides grants to units of local government in areas of the state that do not directly receive their own funding from HUD. CDBG grants can fund a wide variety of projects from revitalizing neighborhoods to improving community infrastructure, providing public facilities and creating or retaining jobs.

The Appalachian Regional Development Program (ARC) offers funding for increasing job opportunities and per capita income, strengthening the capacity of the workforce, and developing or improving infrastructure.

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SC Department of Environmental Services

The State Revolving Funds (SRF) provide long-term, low-interest rate loans for building or repair to waste water and drinking water plants or distribution systems and stormwater quality improvement projects.

Municipalities, counties, and special purpose districts can apply for an SRF loan. And, if a project includes a qualified water or energy reduction component, low impact development or other environmentally innovative “green” practices, an incentive loan rate may apply.

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US Department of Agriculture Rural Development (Rural Utility Services)

The Water and Environmental Programs provide loans, grants and loan guarantees for drinking water, sanitary sewer, solid waste and storm drainage facilities in rural areas and towns of 10,000 residents or less. Public entities, non-profit organizations and recognized Indian tribes may qualify for assistance.

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US Economic Development Administration (EDA)

The Public Facilities Programs empower distressed communities to revitalize, expand and upgrade their physical infrastructure, and generate or retain long-term, private sector jobs and investment.

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Grant Qualifications

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.

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Loan Qualifications

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.

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