Current Grant Applications


Economic Incentive Scheme for Vacant Properties in Urban Areas 2021-2022

Waterford City & County Council is offering incentives over a three year period to attract new retail and other businesses within the core retail area of the City Centre, towns and village centre of Waterford in order to bring vibrancy and vitality to the city and town centres.

It is intended to ensure that any incoming retail or service use will respect and enhance the multifaceted character of the area and will allow and encourage a diversity of uses to increase its overall attractiveness for shopping, leisure and business purposes.

There will be a strong presumption in favour of grant-aid for higher order comparison retail outlets including fashion outlets – both multiple and independent stores, ‘lifestyle stores’, flagship stores, niche and specialist retailers such as home furnishings, beauty products, jewellery and bookshops.

Level of Support available under the Economic Incentive Scheme

For more details on the scheme, please read the scheme guidelines or contact one of the Economic Development Team. To apply for the scheme, register here.

Waterford City Centre
Maureen Fitzsimons - mfitzsimons@waterfordcouncil.ie, 087 7649173

Dungarvan town centre
Bernadette Drohan - bdrohan@waterfordcouncil.ie, 087 2586597

All other areas in Waterford
Lisa Grant - lgrant@waterfordcouncil.ie, 087 2124242

Code of Conduct between Landlords and Tenants for Commercial Rents

On 01 October 2020, the Department of Business Enterprise and Innovation published its Code of Conduct between Landlords and Tenants for Commercial Rents. This voluntary code, which is to apply until 31 July 2021 seeks to give guidance to landlords and tenants where commercial tenancies have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. The Code does not apply to all tenancies and specifically states that where tenants are in a position to pay rent in full, they should continue to do so.


Local Improvement Scheme Application Form 2020-2021

  • Application Form

  • Department of Rural and Community Development - 2nd round of COVID-19 Emergency Fund

    Closing date for applications is 4pm Tuesday 26th January 2021

    No applications will be accepted after this date

    The Department has now launched the 2nd round of the COVID-19 Emergency fund with funding of €1.7m. Waterford City & County Council has been allocated €54,223.  It will provide grants to community groups to assist them to adapt their services and operations to fit the new COVID-19 reality and to become more involved in the Government's 'Keep Well' campaign. The grants are aimed at assisting participation in the campaign, in particular with the three themes: staying connected, switching off and being creative, and minding your mood.

    How to apply

    All applicants must complete the application form which can be downloaded below.  Alternatively you can collect an application form at Waterford City & County Council Customer Service points at Bailey’s New Street or at the Civic Offices, Davitt’s Quay, Dungarvan.

  • Application Form - 2nd Round Covid19 Emergency Fund
  • Guidelines for 2nd Round of Covid19 Emergency Fund
  • Please contact Colette O'Brien cobrien@waterfordcouncil.ie or 0761 10 20 16 should you have any queries.