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Vacant to Vibrant Capital Grant Scheme

Expression of Interest

We’re currently exploring the viability of introducing a two year pilot capital grant scheme in spring-summer 2022 to incentivise both property owners and potential occupiers (including start up retail, independents, SMEs, social enterprise, leisure, hospitality and the cultural and third sectors) to bring vacant spaces in Belfast city centre back into use and support the revitalisation of the city centre.

As well as encouraging and diversifying use of vacant premises, this pilot ‘Vacant to Vibrant’ capital grant would improve individual properties, contribute to higher quality streetscapes and greater city centre vibrancy, sustain jobs and help create new employment opportunities.

We recently carried out an Expression of Interest exercise to gauge the appetite for a Vacant to Vibrant grant scheme, as well as the types of proposals which it might attract. The Expression of Interest for the Vacant to Vibrant Capital Grant Scheme closed at 4pm on Monday 28 February 2022.

Thank you to all the businesses, organisations and property owners who took the time to submit a response. We’re now considering the information gathered to help shape both the grant scheme and support services which we may offer alongside it. 

We will be in touch with those who completed the Expression of Interest directly to advise on next steps. We’ll also publish updates on our website and social media.

If you would like to be contacted with updates on the Vacant to Vibrant Pilot Capital Grant Scheme, please email

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