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Urban Development Grant Scheme

Urban Development Grants are discretionary grants provided to help urban areas in Northern Ireland.  Grants are offered so that vacant, derelict or underused land and buildings can be developed and brought back into use bringing jobs, attracting investment and improving the environment.

Types of project

A range of physical development projects may attract UDG including:
  • inner/middle city housing
  • retail
  • commercial
  • light industrial

How to apply for funding

Please note that the Department will not be accepting any new applications for funding at this time.
When and if funding becomes available you can apply for an Urban Development Grant by downloading and completing an application form. You can ask the relevant development office for a hard copy.
Before you complete an Application Pack you will need to contact the relevant development office.  They can advise you if your proposal is likely to be suitable. You will find links to the development offices below.
In some cases a preliminary site visit may be arranged.  This will allow the DSD official to meet you, and any professional advisers you have, examine the property and make sure that the extent and purpose of the project is clearly understood. The meeting will also provide an ideal opportunity to discuss the project, to explain the Urban Development Grants Scheme, how the project is appraised and, if appropriate, to suggest alterations to the project.
You will need to provide the following information:
  • the nature of the project
  • cost details
  • employment implications
  • timescale for the project
  • nature of assistance required
  • type of economic activity for which the building will be used
  • the development experience of the applicant
  • other potential sources of funding
  • overall project benefits.

State Aid

This grant operates under the European Commission’s General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER). All aid provided under this Scheme will be within the limits set out in Articles 14 and 56 of Commission Regulation (EU) No 651/2014 of 17 June 2014 declaring certain categories of aid compatible with the internal market in application of Articles 107 and 108 of the Treaty (General Block Exemption Regulation).
More information is provided in the following document:

Contact details

You can get additional information and hard copies of the forms from the relevant development office: