Clare County

Vacant Property Refurbishment Grant expanded to rural Clare


The Minister for Housing, Native Authorities and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien TD, the Minister of State with duty for Native Authorities and Planning, Peter Burke TD, and the Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform Malcolm Noonan TD, have right this moment launched the expanded Croí Cónaithe Vacant Property Refurbishment Grant. 

The expanded grant now consists of eligible vacant properties in additional distant rural areas of Clare (along with these in cities and villages, which have been eligible since July). The scheme’s enlargement will assist convey vacant and derelict properties again into residential use and make sure the current housing inventory is used to the fullest extent attainable. It’s going to additionally assist restrict emissions from residential building and add vibrancy to Clare’s rural areas.

Below the Croí Cónaithe Vacant Property Refurbishment Grant €30,000 is accessible to homebuyers to refurbish a house which they may reside in. The place a property is derelict, a most top-up grant quantity of as much as €20,000 might be obtainable, bringing the full grant obtainable for a derelict property as much as a most of €50,000. The grants may also be mixed with the SEAI Higher Vitality Dwelling Scheme that covers works of as much as €26,750.

The grant, offered via the Croí Cónaithe (Cities) Fund, is a key motion underneath Housing for All, the Authorities’s housing plan, and helps the goals of the Our Rural Future coverage. Over 420 functions have been made because the grant was initially launched on 14 July 2022.

Saying the scheme’s enlargement, Minister O’Brien stated: “The expanded Vacant Property Refurbishment Grant supplies a implausible alternative for much more folks – from each a part of Clare – to refurbish vacant properties with the intention of changing them into their houses, enabling them to reside in cities, villages and rural areas.

“This scheme supplies actual sensible assist. It helps tackle emptiness via sustainable reuse of buildings, it helps revitalise our communities and, most significantly, it helps extra folks to personal their very own house.”

Minister of State with duty for Native Authorities and Planning Peter Burke TD added: “The scheme has confirmed to be extraordinarily fashionable because it was fist established in July with over 420 functions acquired by Native Authorities throughout the nation. My Division are guaranteeing our Native Authority groups are outfitted and we now have 29 full time vacant houses officers throughout the nation who’re targeted on bringing vacant inventory again into productive use.”

Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform Malcolm Noonan TD concluded: “Probably the most environment friendly house is the one which is already constructed. The scheme’s enlargement won’t solely be sure that current housing inventory is used to the fullest extent attainable, it can additionally assist restrict emissions from residential building and add vibrancy to Clare’s rural areas. Used at the side of the SEAI Higher Vitality Dwelling Scheme this grant will assist homebuyers in Clare to create a cushty, sustainable house.”

The up to date software type, eligibility standards and related FAQs are available here. They supply extra info to individuals who wish to apply for the grant. Additional info might be obtainable from the Vacant Properties Officer in Clare County Council.

 

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