More new lights in old homes as property scheme gathers pace with grants of €1.3m

written by Staff Writer July 2, 2024

Donegal County Council has revealed that grant payments of the Vacant Property Refurbishment Grant Scheme have now exceeded €1.3m, which represents 28 homes being brought back into use.

Since the Scheme opened in July 2022, 772 applications have been received to refurbish vacant properties. 


To date, 500 of these have been approved for grant support, with the balance awaiting further information from the applicant or being scheduled for a first technical inspection. 

Within the overall total, 24 applications were deemed not to meet the scheme requirements and 19 applications were withdrawn by the applicant. 

Liam Ward, Director of Services for Community Development and Planning Services said “The Council is delighted with the uptake of the scheme, that provides grants of up to €84,000 to address the significant issue of vacancy and dereliction in the county as well as providing new family homes. 

“The level of funding available under the scheme is significant, not alone to the individual applicant but to the general economy here in Donegal”. 

The Council held information events in 38 locations in the county and wishes to thank everyone who attended these events in such high numbers.


Earlier this year, Donegal Daily carried a special feature highlighting the scheme locally and spoke to a number of applicants who had taken part.

They included Declan Doohan who is pictured above by Joe Dunne outside his stunning refurbished home in Falcarragh.

You can read the full article here

Further information on the scheme is available at or by contacting the team at or by phone during office hours at 074 9153900.