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IDF Utility Account Grant

NC Department of Commerce

Funding Amount


Matching Funds

A cash match equivalent to at least 25% of the grant amount is required for projects not located in one of the state’s 25 most distressed counties. In-kind match is not allowable

Funding Cycle

Pre-applications should be received 45 days prior to the published date of the next scheduled Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA) meeting

Upcoming Meetings:
August 17, 2023
October 19, 2023
December 7, 2023
February 15, 2024
April 18, 2024
June 20, 2024


Construction or improvements to water, sewer, gas, telecommunications, high-speed broadband, transportation infrastructure or electrical utility lines and for equipment for existing or proposed industrial buildings

Who Can Apply

Applicant must be located in one of the 80 most distressed counties under G.S. 143B-437.08. To be eligible for funding, the infrastructure is required to be on the building site or if not located on the site, directly related to the operation of the specific industrial activity

Check for a list of Tier 1 and Tier 2 counties on webpage

Applicants must show that the improvements will result in the creation of new, full-time jobs in the private sector within 24 months of the grant award. Part-time, Full-Time Equivalents (FTE) positions, or contract and consulting jobs are ineligible. Must be at least 1 full time position

Additional Eligibility Requirements

80 most distressed counties in NC
Check for a list of Tier 1 and Tier 2 counties on webpage

Additional Information

For more information about the Industrial Development Fund - Utility Account, contact:

Heather C. Sains
Grant Manager, Commerce Finance Center
Phone: (919) 814-4642

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