Building Reuse

*Guidelines and Application are subject to change at the discretion of the Rural Infrastructure Authority

The Building Reuse Program, under the Rural Grants/Programs Section of the North Carolina Department of Commerce, will provide grants to local governments. Three categories of funding are available for 1) the renovation of vacant buildings, 2) the renovation or expansion of a building occupied by an existing North Carolina company wishing to expand in their current location and 3) the renovation, expansion or construction of health care entities that will lead to the creation of new, full-time jobs.

For Vacant Building Category

  • Grants are available to support the renovation of vacant buildings. The building must be vacant for at least three months prior to application deadlines.

For Existing Building Category - Eligible Projects

  • Grants are available to support the renovation or expansion of buildings occupied by a company operating in the state of North Carolina for at least 12 months. Companies must also meet the weekly wage standard, provide at least 50% benefits to employees and be represented on the Priority Industry Table.

For Rural Health Category - Eligible Projects

  • Grants are available to support the renovation, expansion or construction of health care entities. The health care entity must be licensed by the State of North Carolina.

Eligible applicants are units of local government located in either a Tier 1 or Tier 2 county, or a rural census tract in a Tier 3 county. The tier designations can be found on the NC Department of Commerce website at the following link: County Tier Map. In Tier 1 or Tier 2 counties, priority will be given to towns or communities with populations less than 5,000.

As prescribed in N.C.G.S. 143B-472.127(a)(2) a rural census tract is an area having a population density of less than 500 people per square mile according to the most recent decennial federal census. The rural census tract designations can be found at the following link: Rural Census Tract Map.

The program requires a cash match equal to the grant request amount. The local government must contribute at least 5% of the cash match. The cash match shall come from local resources and may not be derived from other State or federal grant funds.           

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Contact Information:
Hazel Edmond
Building Reuse Program
Rural Economic Development Division
NC Department of Commerce
919-814-4659 (Office)

Mailing Address:
4346 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-4346

Physical Address:
301 North Wilmington Street
Raleigh, NC 27601