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Economic Development Grants

This section outlines the grants offered by Economic Development


Economic Development offers various grants each year in order to assist economic development and presentation of various towns and villages in Waterford. The aim of these grants is to help make Waterford a better place to live in, work in and visit.

Below, you will find what grants are on offer. Some grants have deadlines for applications, if you missed out this year ensure you check the website or our social media early next year in case a similar grant becomes available again. Grants have a limited budget, and conditions apply to each grant. Application to a grant does not ensure approval.

Your local representative helps to ensure that these grants are offered, the budgets allocated and inform the types of grants that can be made available.

The Economic Incentive Scheme for Vacant Properties 2023-2024

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.

This grant scheme offers a maximum of three years rates paid for by the grant and a start up grant totaling €6,000 over the three years for new businesses moving into vacant premises. Check the Terms and Conditions to determine if your business could be eligible.

Economic Incentive Scheme 23-24 T&Cs Application Form

Urban Facade Improvement Scheme 2024

Waterford City & County Council is extending a support to assist in the improvement of visible facades (upper and lower floors) of buildings in high notable areas of Waterford City, Tramore Town Centre and Dungarvan Town Centre.

This scheme allows for up to 50% of the cost of improvement works (excl. VAT) to the exterior presentation of a building, including upper floors, up to €2,000 (amount decided upon approval).

How it works?

  1. Fill out the application form, submit two quotes for the estimated costs, a description of the planned works and pictures of the property.
  2. If your application is approved you will be notified the amount you have been approved for and a deadline of 6 months to complete the works.
  3. Return the Supplier Set Up Form by post. This form is our way of paying out to you once the works are completed. A hard copy must be sent. You can find this below.
  4. Once the works are complete, submit your invoices and a picture of the completed works. You will be allowed 50% of the costs of works (excl. VAT) up to the amount you were allocated when approved.
Urban Facade Improvement Scheme 24 T&Cs Supplier Set Up Form Application Form

Contact for Economic Incentive Scheme and Urban Facade Improvement Scheme

The Living City Initiative

The Living City Initiative is a scheme of property tax incentives designed to regenerate both historic buildings and other buildings in specified cities. The scheme applies to certain “special regeneration areas” (SRAs) in the centres of Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway, Waterford and Kilkenny.

These areas have been designated for the purposes of the scheme by Order of the Minister for Finance. The maps and boundaries of these SRAs can be found on the websites of the respective local authorities and Waterford’s are displayed below.

Living City Initiative Infographic Living City Initiative Application Form Living City Initiative FAQ


Living City Initiative

Contact for Living Cities Initiative