$13 Million in Grants Approved for 19 S.C. Counties

Thursday, November 12th, 2020

The S.C. Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA) has approved grant assistance for 28 projects, totaling more than $13 million critical water, sewer and stormwater infrastructure strong as communities focus on protecting.

These projects will help to keep public health and preparing for economic opportunities.

“Even as many communities face increased expenses and decreased revenues the infrastructure that residents and businesses depend on continues to need improvement. The investments we make today are crucial to maintaining public health and environmental standards and providing the foundation for strong local economies,” said Executive Director Bonnie Ammons. respond to today’s challenges, as they

The RIA grants will be combined with over $15.6 million in local and other funds to address pressing health and environmental concerns. Some recipients will work to correct issues with water quality, sewer overflows or frequent flooding. Others will use the funds to replace or upgrade aging infrastructure to build stronger, more resilient systems. The remaining projects will extend or improve infrastructure to serve businesses and provide economic opportunities to the local communities. Combined, these projects will benefit more than 53,000 customers in 19 counties.

RIA grants are awarded twice a year through a competitive process that considers the need for improved public health, environmental protection, community sustainability and economic development. Applications are selected by the RIA board based on criteria, including severity of the problem, expected impact and project feasibility. Recipients share in the cost of projects by paying for non-construction activities and, oftentimes, providing additional funds for construction.

A list of grant recipients for the first round of competitive grants for fiscal year 2021 is below. To learn more about RIA or how to apply for grant assistance, visit www.ria.sc.gov.

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Anderson County

Sewer System Improvements

$490,000

Barnwell, City of

Water System Improvements

$500,000

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Camden, City of

Water Line Improvements

$500,000

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Dillon, City of

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Water System Improvements

$471,000

Dorchester County

Economic Water & Sewer Infrastructure

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$260,000

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