This page relates to the Croí Cónaithe (Cities) scheme. This scheme is a fund to support the building of apartments for sale to owner-occupiers. The Croí Cónaithe (Towns) fund refers to a different scheme, which provides a grant of up to €30,000 to refurbish vacant properties to be used as a residential property. Information on the Croí Cónaithe (Towns) Fund vacant property refurbishment scheme, including the application form to apply, is available on the website of the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage. If you have any questions in relation to Croí Cónaithe (Towns) please contact your local authority.
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
The Housing Agency held a call for Expressions of Interest for Croí Cónaithe (Cities) in June 2022. Proposers were invited to submit proposals via eTenders. The deadline for receipt of proposals was 21 June 2022 and the Housing Agency is currently assessing the proposals received.”