Vacant to Vibrant Capital Grant Scheme – Updated Application Pack

Vacant to Vibrant

Belfast City Council have opened a pilot capital grant scheme to incentivise both property owners and potential occupiers to bring vacant Belfast city centre spaces back into use and support the city centre’s revitalisation.

We have allocated £700,000 to support start-ups, independent retailers, social enterprises and cultural and voluntary organisations to make our city centre offering more diverse and transform vacant spaces to become vibrant once again.

The Vacant to Vibrant capital grant is also designed to improve individual properties, contribute to higher quality streetscapes, sustain jobs and help create new employment opportunities.

More information see below.

Updated Application Pack

There is updated guidance relating specifically to the completion of the Business Plan/Proposal Template and Financial Planning.

Following updated advice from external advisors it has been agreed to reduce the requirements of applicants and that completion of the Financial Forecast (excel attachment) will no longer be required. This, however, has meant that some small elements within both the Business Plan for Grant 1 and 2 and Business Proposal for Grant 3 have been altered to reflect this change. 

Download the updated application pack below.

Vacant to Vibrant Property Owner Consent Form (docx)

Vacant to Vibrant Guidance Notes (pdf)

Vacant to Vibrant Application Form (docx)

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Vacant to Vibrant Business Plan Template Grant 1 & 2 (docx)

Submission deadline

The Vacant to Vibrant pilot capital grant scheme is open for two years from 7 July 2022.

Applications will be awarded funding on a first come first served basis.

You may apply until all the available funding has been spent, however, we may close the application process early, depending on the number of applications we receive.

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