The SC Rural Infratructure Authority Approves Grant Assistance for Critical Infrastructure Needs

May 28, 2024

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The S.C. Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA) has approved grant assistance for 36 projects, totaling more than $25 million in its second round of funding for fiscal year 2024. These projects will benefit communities in 22 counties, promoting quality of life, economic opportunity and sustainability across South Carolina. The agency's tagline, "we're here to help," is exemplified through continued efforts to meaningfully invest in infrastructure and planning projects for water and wastewater systems as well as storm water drainage facilities. The total funds awarded by RIA this fiscal year is over $44 million.

“To ensure all communities and businesses have the opportunity to thrive, we must address the state's critical infrastructure needs and plan for long-term viability," said Executive Director Bonnie Ammons. "More than 10 years of RIA grants demonstrate the profound impact that strategic investment and proactive planning have on our communities as we build a stronger future for all South Carolinians."

The May 2024 grant awards will be combined with over $46 million in local and other funds to carry out necessary capital improvements and planning activities that are expected to benefit more than 200,000 customers, with more than 60% of projects reaching rural and distressed communities.

Several of the projects funded by these partnerships will create stronger utilities through regional solutions. Ten projects will address pressing health and environmental concerns, including some that will also contribute to greater resiliency and storm protection. Others will improve or replace aging infrastructure that is beyond its useful life, increase services and capacity for existing and future customers, and support economic development activities for job creation and retention.

In addition, grant awards will fund 10 planning studies and system assessments that will explore the technical, operational, and financial conditions of water, sewer and stormwater systems, evaluate alternative options, and provide recommendations to achieve greater long-term viability and possible regional solutions.

RIA state grants are generally 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 infrastructure projects by paying for non-construction or other activities and, oftentimes, providing additional funds for construction.

A list of grant recipients for the second round of competitive grants for fiscal year 2024, awarded on May 20, 2024, is below. To learn more about RIA or how to apply for grant assistance, visit

Grantee County Grant Amount - Bolded Grantees are within the Central SC Alliance

Batesburg-Leesville, Town of | Lexington - $1,000,000

Beaufort County | Beaufort - $187,500

Bennettsville, City of | Marlboro - $150,000

Bishopville, City of | Lee - $1,000,000

Broad Creak Public Service District | Beaufort - $250,000

Broadway Water and Sewerage District | Anderson - $525,275

Central, Town of | Pickens - $1,000,000

Charleston Water System | Charleston - $250,000

Chesterfield County / Chesterfield County Rural Water Company | Chesterfield - $720,185

Chesterfield, Town of | Chesterfield - $907,021

Easley Combined Utilities | Pickens - $600,000

Edgefield County Water & Sewer Authority | Edgefield - $1,000,000

Gaffney, City of | Cherokee - $250,000

Greenville, City of | Greenville - $1,000,000

Greenwood, City of | Greenwood - $250,000

Hammond Water District | Anderson - $850,558

Homeland Park Water and Sewer District | Anderson - $936,704

Horry County / Bucksport Water System | Horry - $1,000,000

Kershaw, Town of | Lancaster - $1,000,000

Lake City, City of | Florence - $1,000,000

Lancaster, City of | Lancaster - $1,000,000

Lodge, Town of | Colleton - $1,000,000

Metropolitan Sewer Subdistrict | Greenville - $1,000,000

New Ellenton Commission of Public Works | Aiken - $568,070

Newberry County Water and Sewer Authority | Newberry - $771,375

North Charleston, City of | Charleston - $654,939

North Charleston, City of | Charleston - $102,750

Orangeburg County | Orangeburg - $250,000

Orangeburg, City of | Orangeburg - $1,000,000

Pageland, Town of | Chesterfield - $250,000

Pickens County / Dacusville-Cedar Rock Water Company | Pickens - $1,000,000

Ravenel, Town of | Charleston - 1,000,000

Seabrook Island Utility Commission | Charleston - $1,000,000

Startex-Jackson-Wellford-Duncan Water District | Spartanburg - $1,000,000

Sumter, City of | Sumter - $250,000

Turbeville, Town of / Barrineau Public Utilities Company | Clarendon - $1,000,000

About S.C. Rural Infrastructure Authority

The S.C. Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA) was created to help communities with financing for qualified infrastructure projects. Infrastructure primarily refers to water and waste water systems as well as stormwater drainage. Chaired by the Secretary of Commerce, the RIA is governed by a board of directors, including six members who reside in or represent distressed and/or least developed counties.