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Urban Development Grants

Please note that the Department’s budget for Urban Development Grants has been fully allocated for the 2014/15 financial year. The Department will therefore not be accepting any new applications for funding.

What is it?

Urban Development Grants are discretionary grants used for promoting job creation, inward investment and environmental improvement, by developing vacant, derelict or underused land or buildings in priority areas.

Types of project

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

How to apply for funding

You can apply for an Urban Development Grant by downloading and completing an application form. Hard copies may be requested directly from the relevant development office. It is recommended that applicants contact the relevant Urban Development Grants Branch (Regional Development Office: 028 9081 9886; North West Development Office: 028 7131 9900; Belfast Regeneration Office: 028 9047 5776) prior to completing the Application Pack, as advice will be given on the suitability of the proposals.
In some cases a preliminary site visit may be arranged to establish contact with the applicant and his professional adviser, examine the property and ensure that the extent and purpose of the project is clearly understood. This also provides an ideal opportunity to discuss the project in the context of the Urban Development Grants Scheme, to explain the Scheme and the method of appraisal and, if appropriate, to suggest alterations to the project. It is necessary to establish 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 and the 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 Article 13 of Commission Regulation (EC) no. 800/2008. The scheme reference number is X20/2009.
Further information is provided within the UDG Application Form (PDF 429KB)

Additional information may be obtained from: