Section: Housing Provision

More than 500 applications to Welsh empty homes grant scheme

Posted 07.01.21
Welsh Government: Further reading

More than 500 applications have been received to bring empty homes back in to use through Welsh Government's £10 million Valleys Taskforce Empty Homes Grant Scheme.

Phase One of the initiative was launched a year ago, after a successful roll-out across Rhondda Cynon Taf.

The scheme is open to home owners across the extended Valleys Taskforce, which runs from Carmarthenshire in west Wales to Torfaen in east Wales. Its boundaries were also extended last year to include the Gwendraeth and Amman Valleys.

Phase Two of the scheme, launched in July 2020, will ensure even greater numbers of local businesses are used to bring empty homes back to life, and incentivise applicants to use more energy efficient measures within their renovations.

To be eligible for the Valleys Taskforce Empty Homes Scheme, homes need to have been empty for at least 6 months.

Applicants to the scheme are also restricted to one grant per person and in cases where repair work exceeds £20,000, will have the option to apply for Welsh Government's Houses in to Homes scheme.

Information Notes

People who live in a Valleys Taskforce area may be eligible for a grant of up to £25,000 toward renovations.

Funding has been set aside by the Valleys Taskforce in partnership with local authorities to help bring empty homes in the valleys back into use.

This is available to owners who intend on living at the property once work is complete, or registered social landlords / local authorities who intend on purchasing an empty property to bring it back in to use for Social Housing.


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