Other Grant Schemes

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The Living City

The Living City initiative focuses on the regeneration of retail and commercial districts and encouraging people to live in the historic centres of Cork,Dublin, Galway, Kilkenny, Limerick and Waterford.

The aim of the Living City initiative is to bring life back into the heart of the relevant cities by offering tax relief for qualifying expenditure incurred on the refurbishment or conversion of certain buildings where conditions are met.

Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and Revenue Commissioners - Relief for Expenditure on Approved Buildings and Gardens in the State

Tax relief is available for the owner of an approved heritage building. This is encompassed under Section 482 of the Taxes Consolidation Act, 1997. The expenditure can be incurred for the repair, maintenance or restoration of approved buildings. Approval for buildings is sought from the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
Heritage Service and the tax relief is administered by the Revenue Commissioners.

Please refer to the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht website for information

Home Renovation Incentive (HRI) Scheme

The Home Renovation Incentive (HRI) scheme provides for tax relief for Homeowners by way of an Income Tax credit at 13.5% of qualifying expenditure on repair, renovation or improvement works carried out on the Homeowner's main home by qualifying Contractors. The amount of the HRI tax credit depends on the amount spent on qualifying works. Tax relief can be claimed on qualifying expenditure over €4,405 (before VAT at 13.5%). While there is no upper limit on expenditure on qualifying works, the tax credit will only be given in relation to a maximum of €30,000 (before VAT at 13.5%). 

 Please refer to the Irish Revenue website for more information

Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland.

SEAI operates a number of programmes that provide financial grants for energy efficiency improvements for building owners. The ‘Better Energy Home Scheme’ includes grants towards insulation, high efficiency boilers and controls, BER certificates and renewable technologies. They also operate the ‘Warmer Homes Scheme’ for people in receipt of fuel allowance benefit; towards attic insulation, draught proofing, lagging jackets, energy efficient lighting, cavity wall insulation and energy advice. Please note that not all of these works would be considered exempt in a protected structure or in an architectural conservation area. Contact the conservation section for advice.