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Croi Conaithe Towns Fund aims to rejuvenate towns and villages



Croi Conaithe Towns Fund was launched in February of 2022.  Kilmallock town pictured above

Grants of up to €50,000 available for people to live in towns and villages across Limerick

Grants of up to €50,000 are available to people who would like to refurbish a vacant property in towns and villages across Limerick to use as their principal residence.

Limerick City and County Council has put out a call for interested parties to contact them as part of the Croi Conaithe Towns Fund provided by the government as part of the Housing for All strategy.

The fund scheme supports the sustainable reuse of vacant properties as new homes.

A grant of up to a maximum of €30,000 (VAT inclusive) will be available for the refurbishment of vacant properties for occupation as a principal private residence, including the conversion of a property that has not been used as residential heretofore.

Where the refurbishment costs are expected to exceed the standard grant of up to €30,000, a maximum top-up grant amount of up to €20,000 will be available where the property is confirmed by the applicant to be derelict (i.e. structurally unsound and dangerous) bringing the total grant available for a derelict property up to a maximum of €50,000.

The property must be used as your principal private residence and must have been built before 1993 and been vacant for two or more years.

Qualifying properties should be within a town or village or within walking distance of a town or village along public footpaths primarily.

The following categories of works will be eligible for grant assistance, subject to a reasonable cost assessment by the local authority and to any limits for specific works as may be set out in guidance from the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage:

·         substructure works, including works to foundations, rising walls, floor slabs, damp-proofing and underpinning

·         structural works to superstructure, including walls, party walls, chimneys, suspended timber floors, structural timbers

·         works to internal walls, stairs, and landings, and internal wall completions including doors, windows, and applied finishes

·         external walls completions including doors, windows, sills, and applied finishes

·         roof completions, including flashings, fascias, soffits, gutters, downpipes

·         building services including plumbing, heating, ventilation, electrical services, telecommunications

·         painting and decoration required because of works carried out

·         extension within the ambit of exempt development under planning regulations, as part of a wider refurbishment

·         necessary external works and site development works carried out within the curtilage of the site

·         professional services associated with works

Welcoming this new fund, Mayor of the City and County of Limerick Cllr Francis Foley said: “Croi Conaithe will help to breathe new life back into towns and villages across Limerick. With the improvements in connectivity and a better work life balance, living in the centres of our towns and villages has never been a more attractive proposition for people and those with young families.”

“The fund will help remove dereliction and vacancy from our towns and villages which will make them more attractive for others, so it is a win-win situation for everyone, as this could lead to the re-population of many places in the county.”

For more information on the Croi Conaithe Towns Fund, go HERE 

 For more funding stories, go HERE 

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