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Repurposing Property Grant Fund (RPGF)

The Repurposing Property Grant Fund was created to help support landowners and community groups to bring back vacant land and properties to use.

It is another strand of the ambitious Community Wealth Building Strategy and Regeneration Delivery Plan – where the Council work more closely than ever with community groups to make the most of local assets – and long-term plans to regenerate the area.

The aims of the fund are:

• Enable or support the repair or redevelopment of vacant land and buildings;

• To act as a catalyst to promote future investment from the private sector and external funding;

• Safeguard the future of prominent buildings by indicating how high-quality conversion may be achieved;

• Enable the Council to map development potential and barriers to development.

Stage 1 of the Fund is worth £200,000 and will allow property owners or community groups to carry out feasibility studies to identify potential options for the sites and their viability. The potential for further stages of the Fund to support project delivery following the feasibility stage will be informed by the outcome of Stage 1.

A maximum of £10,000 is available for sites under one hectare and a maximum of £25,000 for larger sites.

Applications to the fund will be assessed against a range of factors. This includes the length of time vacant or derelict, whether or not they are recorded on the national Vacant and Derelict Land or Buildings at Risk registers and their proximity to town centres. Subject to the level of interest, the spread of funding across localities and owners will be considered. This is to reflect the geographical focus of the funding programmes contributing to the overall Fund.

Current Timescales

18 May 2022 - RPGF reopened for Stage 1 applications

29 July 2022 - Closing date for Stage 1 applications, to be submitted to: regeneration@north-ayrshire.gov.uk

30 September 2022 - Launch Stage 2 (subject to agreement and funding availability)

Stage 1 Documents

RPGF Stage 1 Guidance and Application Pack (PDF, 2.18mb)

May 2022 Update

Following a successful March 2022 funding round, which is supporting a range of feasibility studies across North Ayrshire, the Repurposing Property Grant Fund (RPGF) has now re-opened for Stage 1 applications.

The new closing date for RPGF Stage 1 applications is Friday 29 July. The RPGF project team will review applications on receipt and issue grant offers shortly thereafter.

Applicants who were previously unsuccessful are encouraged to speak with the RPGF project team, prior to resubmission.

Enquiries and completed applications should be submitted to: regeneration@north-ayrshire.gov.uk