More good news for prospective homeowners and local communities today.

The Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage ‘s Croí Cónaithe Vacant Property Refurbishment Grant is now being expanded and will cover all parts of the country.

The grant to restore vacant or derelict properties now includes eligible vacant properties in both cities and more remote rural areas (in addition to those in towns and villages, which have been eligible since July).

This expansion will help bring more vacant and derelict properties back into residential use and ensure the existing housing stock is used to the fullest extent possible.

It will also help limit emissions from residential construction and add vibrancy to Ireland’s cities and rural areas.

Under the Croí Cónaithe Vacant Property Refurbishment Grant €30,000 is available to homebuyers to refurbish a home which they will live in.

Where a property is derelict, a maximum top-up grant amount of up to €20,000 will be available, bringing the total grant available for a derelict property up to a maximum of €50,000.

These grants can also be combined with the SEAI Better Energy Home Scheme that covers works of up to €26,750.

The grant, provided through the Croí Cónaithe (Towns) Fund, is a key action under Housing for All, the Government’s housing plan, and supports the aims of the Our Rural Future policy.

Over 420 applications have already been made since the grant was initially launched in mid-July.

You can find more information about the grant here: https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/c2183-croi-conaithe-towns-fund/

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