Reviving spaces: The Vacant Property Refurbishment Grant explained

What is the Vacant Property Refurbishment Grant?

The Vacant Property Refurbishment Grant is a payment you can get if you are turning a vacant house or building into your permanent home or a rental property.

A grant of up to €50,000 is available. If the refurbishment costs exceed the standard grant of up to €50,000, a top-up grant amount of up to €20,000 is available. See below.

How to qualify?

To qualify for the grant, you must:

  • have proof of ownership or evidence of active negotiations to buy the property (that is, confirmation of engagement from the estate agent or owner of the property) where you are seeking approval in principle for a grant
  • live in the property as your principal private residence or make it available for rent
  • have proof that the property has been vacant for at least 2 years and that it was built up to and including 2007

How to know if the property is eligible for the scheme?

The grant applies to qualifying vacant properties in cities, towns, villages, and rural parts of the country.

Other evidence and documentation you need to provide:

  • a quotation(s) in respect of the works proposed
  • an independent report confirming the property is structurally unsound and dangerous (if seeking top up grant for works to a derelict property) or confirmation that it is on the Derelict Sites Register, where applicable
  • any other supporting documentation that your local authority may request to support your application

If you have any questions regarding any of the above schemes, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our conveyancing department or call us at 051-874-909 or email us at

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