Investments for health, prosperity

Infrastructure grants programs

These grant programs have transitioned to the N.C. Department of Commerce. New program rules, eligibility information, application materials, intake deadlines and information about the award process will be available from the N.C. Department of Commerce.

 

Grantees may download payment and progress reporting forms here.

 

For more information, please contact one of several former Rural Center employees who now work for the N.C. Department of Commerce:

 

George T. Collier, director, Economic Infrastructure Program

george.collier@nccommerce.com

 

Keith Krzywicki, staff engineer

keith.krzywicki@nccommerce.com

 

Marquis Crews, grants manager

marquis.crews@nccommerce.com

 

 

The Rural Center offers grants to help rural communities pay for needed infrastructure projects. Each addresses a distinct need. The Economic Infrastructure Grants Program assists with infrastructure construction that will lead directly to new, private sector jobs. In addition to water and sewer, grants may be used for natural gas, stormwater, broadband and certain transportation projects.

 

Grants under the Clean Water Partners Infrastructure Program assist water and sewer projects addressing public health and environmental issues. Funding is currently limited for these projects. When available, grants may cover planning activities associated with infrastructure development or actual construction of water and sewer projects. Applicants may be required to document the critical need to be met.

 

Here's a brief summary:

 

Economic Infrastructure Grants

Funds: Grants may be used for water and sewer, natural gas and broadband. In addition, grants at a reduced amount may be used for publicly owned access roads and rail spurs.

Circumstances: Projects that create private sector jobs in new or expanding business(es) served by the infrastructure

Amount available: For public water and sewer improvements: $10,000 per new job up to a maximum of $1 million or one-half the project cost, whichever is less. For all other projects: $5,000 per new job up to a maximum of $500,000 or one-half the project cost, whichever is less.

Who may apply: Local governments in rural county or Tier 1 urban county

Match required: Yes

 

Appropriation-Funded Planning Grants

Funds: Planning (such as feasibility studies, capital improvement plans and engineering studies) for water and sewer infrastructure

Circumstances: Funding available for rural communities, all tiers

Amount available: Up to $40,000

Who may apply: Local governments in rural counties or regional agencies

Match required: Yes

 

Clean Water Planning Grants

Funds: Planning (such as feasibility studies, capital improvement plans and engineering studies) for water and sewer infrastructure. 

Circumstances: Funding available for economically distressed (Tier 1 and Tier 2) counties or communities within those counties and for economically distressed communities within Tier 3 counties. Tier 3 counties are not eligible.

Amount available: Up to $40,000

Who may apply: Local governments in rural counties or regional agencies

Match required: Yes

 

Clean Water Construction Grants

Funds: Water and sewer construction. 

Circumstances: Depending on the source of funding, priority may be given to projects that eliminate verifiable threats to public health, achieve significant environmental protection or retain jobs in the private sector.

Amount available: Up to $500,000 or, for communities with strong economic needs, up to $1 million

Who may apply: Local governments in rural counties

Match required: Yes