The American Rescue Plan delivers at least $4 billion of assistance for West Virginia to rebuild from the health and economic crises suffered during the COVID-19 Pandemic. 
$678 million in funding will go directly to West Virginia’s cities and counties, to be administered by local governments. In addition to coronavirus-related expenses, this direct funding can be used for infrastructure projects – including water, sewer, and broadband internet projects.
This is the first time that cities and counties will get direct relief funding from the federal government. This investment will allow our communities to reinvest in critical services like police, fire and EMS which have been so critical during the pandemic, and take on critical infrastructure projects that will create jobs and improve West Virginians’ quality of life. 

The Regional Intergovernmental Council assists in the grant writing and administration for the 30 county and municipal governments within Boone, Clay, Kanawha and Putnam counties. These grant applications focus on:

  • infrastructure projects (water, sewer, and storm sewers)

  • community development projects (sidewalks, community centers, parks, senior centers, and volunteer fire stations)

  • planning projects (comprehensive plans, planning grants, and land use grants)

RIC has also contributed technical assistance and grant writing to volunteer groups at the request of a municipal government. The Regional Intergovernmental Council will continue to cooperate with other agencies and citizens in development activities.


For more information, or to ask questions about the American Rescue Plan, contact Emily Hammond, Economic Resiliency Coordinator at

Regional Intergovernmental Council 315 D Street, South Charleston, WV 25303

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