The Croí Cónaithe (Cities) Scheme is a fund to support the building of apartments for sale to owner-occupiers. The Scheme aims to bridge the current “Viability Gap” between the cost of building apartments and the market sale price (where the cost of building is greater).
A key national policy objective under Housing for All, the Government’s national housing plan to 2030, is to build more homes within our cities and towns, resulting in compact growth and vibrant, liveable cities. This will help to tackle climate change, reduce vacancy and dereliction and help to meet the strong demand for urban living.
Funding for Croí Cónaithe (Cities) Scheme will only be made available for suitable apartment developments where there is a demonstrated viability gap. Unless bridged, this gap will lead to the apartments not being built or being built but not available for purchase by owner-occupiers. Open book accounting will be required for all developments to make sure that the funding support provided only targets the viability gap in question resulting in a reduction of cost for home-buyers and increased supply into the market.
The Scheme will be managed and administered by The Housing Agency on behalf of the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage. The Housing Agency will receive proposals for developments via e-tenders. It will assess eligibility and carry out detailed due diligence and an open book assessment on eligible proposals.
Expressions of Interest
Expressions of Interest are invited from developers with planning permission to build apartment blocks (proposers). These submissions must be made online. To be eligible, apartment blocks must be:
- located within one of the following cities: Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway or Waterford
- four storeys or higher and have a net density of at least 35 dwellings per hectare
- close to public transport
- for sale to owner-occupier households only
- be able to demonstrate a viability gap, where the cost of building the apartments is higher than the market sale price
- have full grant of planning approval but must not have commenced construction at the time of submission (For clarity, un-commenced apartment blocks in multi-phased developments, where phases are under construction or partially completed, will be eligible.)
Eligible apartment developments will then be ranked based on density, date of delivery of the apartments, the quality of the development, the delivery cost per apartment and proximity to core services and amenities. Proposals will then be subject to detailed due diligence and an open book assessment.
The Housing Agency is accepting proposals for Croí Cónaithe (Cities) for apartment developments in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway and Waterford cities. Proposals must submitted using the eTenders platform: https://www.etenders.gov.ie/ (213323) The closing date for the receipt of proposals is 5pm on Tuesday 21 June 2022. It is the sole responsibility of the proposer to ensure their submission is received by the stated deadline.
Queries and Clarifications
Proposer queries about the scheme can be submitted via the questions function on eTenders. The Housing Agency will host a webinar on Tuesday 24 May, outlining how to register as a supplier on eTenders and how to complete the application form. Prospective proposers can register to attend the webinar here: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_8K8oGb3CSh2grsokWKhKAQ. A recording of the webinar will be available afterwards.
- Frequently Asked Questions - Croí Cónaithe (Cities)
- eTenders page
- Expression of Interest Document
- Expression of Interest Application Form
- Expression of Interest Excel Document