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UK: Grants Vacant to Vibrant scheme for Belfast city centre

Grants from £2,500 to £25,000 to renovate or repurpose a vacant space in Belfast city centre.

Belfast City Council's Vacant to Vibrant Capital Grant Scheme has allocated £1m and aims to bring vacant Belfast city centre spaces back into use and support the city centre’s revitalisation.


Grants from £2,500 to £25,000 are available and it is anticipated that the following capital costs will be covered:

  • smaller financial support to pop-up shops

  • larger grants to encourage uptake of vacant units for a minimum of two years

  • external capital works to façade to improve look and feel of the high street

  • internal capital works to make a vacant property fit for purpose and support long-term occupation

  • diversification of property’s unoccupied space to help existing businesses survive


Grants of up to £2,500 are available for pop-up ground floor use (minimum four months), up to £15,000 for active floor usage up to 150m², and up to £25,000 for active floor usage over 151m².


The scheme is open until July 2024, or until funding has been exhausted. Applications will be awarded funding on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you need any help our team at Farrell & Farrell Chartered Accountants are happy to help. 

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