Economic Infrastructure Program

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

The Economic Infrastructure Program under the Rural Grants/Programs Section of the North Carolina Department of Commerce will provide grants to local governments to assist with infrastructure projects that will lead to the creation of new, full-time jobs.
Eligible projects include but are not limited to:
  • Upgrades or repair of public drinking water or wastewater treatment plants
  • Upgrades, extensions, or repair of public water or sewer lines
  • Extensions of publicly owned natural gas line (with an executed Pipeline Construction, Operating and Resale Agreement
  • Installation or extension of public broadband infrastructure
  • Construction of publicly owned access roads not funded or owned by the NC Department of Transportation
  • Construction of public rail spur improvements.
Eligible applicants are units of local government with priority given to the counties that have the 80 highest rankings under N.C.G.S.143B-437.08. The rankings can be found on the NC Department of Commerce website at

Click here for applications, forms and deadlines. 

Contact Information:
    Melody Adams
    Director, Rural Grant Programs 
    Rural Economic Development Division 
    NC Department of Commerce 
    919-814-4661 (Office)

    Mailing Address: 
    4346 Mail Service Center 
    Raleigh, NC 27699-4346 
    Physical Address: 
    301 North Wilmington Street 
    Raleigh, NC 27601

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