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.
Stage 1 Timescales
23 September 2021 - Expressions of interest invited
23 February 2021 - Guidance and Application paperwork published
23 March 2022 - Closing date for Stage 1 Applications, to be submitted to: firstname.lastname@example.org
31 March 2022 - Grant Offers issued to successful applicants
29 July 2022 - Report on outcome of Stage 1 Studies
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)
Feb 2022 Update
Thank you to all who submitted an expression of interest in Stage 1 of the Repurposing Property Grant Fund which has been created to help support landowners and community groups to bring back vacant land and properties to use. The quantity, location and type of expressions of interest informed the development of the Stage 1 Guidance and Application form, which is now available to download.
All applications will be assessed and there is no requirement to have previously submitted an expression of interest.
The closing date for RPGF Stage 1 applications is Wednesday 23 March, following which the RPGF Project Team will review applications, with Grant Offers to be issued to successful applicants on 31 March 2022.
Enquiries and completed applications should be submitted to: email@example.com