Impacting Rural Communities

The success of rural communities is vitally important to our quality of life in South Carolina. One way to build more sustainable communities is to ensure that adequate infrastructure is available. Infrastructure refers to water and wastewater systems as well as storm water drainage and other public facilities. These facilities form the foundation that connects homes, schools and businesses.

Access to basic infrastructure is essential for growth and economic development. Communities are preparing for the future by upgrading, improving and expanding their infrastructure. From the installation of pipes in the ground to the construction of facilities, these investments open the door to opportunity and help maintain the quality of life for residents.

The SC Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA) was created to help communities most in need with financing for qualified rural infrastructure projects. Competitive grants are offered to assist in the development of reliable infrastructure that protects public health, addresses environmental quality standards and encourages economic growth.

Since 2013, RIA has awarded more than $21 million in grants to improve infrastructure. Recently completed projects include elevated water storage tank renovations, extensions of water distribution lines and improvements to sewer treatment facilities. Learn more about how to apply for funding.