Build Ready Sites

North Carolina has a substantial amount of land available for development located along active railroad corridors.  The state offers multiple funding opportunities for development needs (e.g. infrastructure, building demo, etc.) when there is an active economic development client.  Often, companies are not able to wait on these improvements – thus having a ready site becomes a key differentiator between a community and its competitors when working to attract a new company.

The Build Ready Sites Program is a grant program aiming to assist in the development and marketing of rail sites in North Carolina. Applications to the program open every year in the summer with a total process timeline of 6 months. Program requirements can be found here.

The 2023 Build Ready Sites Program application is closed.  Please check back in Spring 2024 for details on the next application period.

Please note that all submissions must originate from your county’s lead economic development organization.  For additional information, call (919) 954-7601 or email


Previous Awardees

NCRR has awarded over 6 million dollars to 14 sites across the state in just 2 years. These funds have helped leverage millions more in private investment to improve rail sites regardless of the area or or operating railroad.

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