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Empty to Occupied Programme

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council has launched a new innovative regeneration programme aimed at supporting commercial premises in towns and villages across the borough.

The Council recognises that the quality of properties made available to let in the Borough is of great importance to encourage business growth, and adds to the special character of a place.

To support our centres the Council is introducing a new ‘Empty to Occupied’ programme, which is open to owners of long term vacant commercial properties who wish to undertake internal and external property improvement works; to enhance the appearance of the property, improve its quality and make a long term vacant property fit for rental.

The Scheme is a grant scheme which aims to encourage vacant commercial property owners to invest in their buildings, attract tenants and reduce long term vacancy.

The objectives of the programme include;

  • Tackle prominent long-term vacant properties within the Borough’s ‘Settlement Development Limits.
  • Impact positively on the streetscape of our cities, towns and villages.
  • Provide good high specification buildings.
  • Create buildings that are fit for purpose and ready to occupy.
  • Create potential to attract meanwhile or long-term tenants.
  • Bring floor space back into use.

Property owners of vacant buildings located inside the development limits of a settlement are encouraged to apply for grant assistance to undertake eligible internal and external property improvement works.

For further details of the programme, eligibility requirements, guidance on the application stages and assessment criteria can be found in the Expression of Interest Application – Empty to Occupied – EOI Application Guide

The application form for the Empty to Occupied scheme can be accessed on the Council’s online Funding Hub from 9am on Friday 5 March. Please log-in or register and select “Empty to Occupied Grant” using the link below

A further telephone surgery will take place on Thursday 18 March from 11am to 6pm where members of the Regeneration Department can answer your queries by contacting them on T: 028 3831 3618.

This grant application will be assessed in 2 stages;

Stage 1 – Expression of Interest Call Opens 9:00am on Friday 5 March 2021 Closes 12 noon on Friday 9 April 2021.


Successful Expression of Interest applicants will process to Stage 2 grant application

Stage 2 – Grant Application TBC TBC


The Expression of Interest stage is mandatory for anyone thinking of applying for a grant. We will use the information you provide in the Expression of Interest form to decide whether or not to invite you to submit a Stage 2 Grant Application.

The Scheme has a limited budget and grants will be made through a competitive process. It is envisaged that a maximum of 15 schemes will be supported with the funding available.

Any queries in relation to Empty to Occupied Programme should initially be directed to