Housing Development Grant scheme

Housing Development Grant (HDG) is being piloted as part of the Building Successful Communities (BSC) housing led regeneration pilot programme and will be available in the six BSC pilot areas.

The aim of the scheme

Its aim is to:

  • encourage the construction and sale of new build or refurbished private sector housing where these developments would be unviable without grant assistance
  • Lever private sector investment into BSC areas
  • Create work in the construction industry

Individual projects may also generate improved street frontage and increased rates revenues.

Types of project supported

Both new build and refurbishment private sector housing developments for sale and which are located within the six BSC pilot areas are eligible to apply for HDG. HDG cannot be applied retrospectively. Any proposed HDG funded project which has already commenced will not be considered for grant aid.

This is a shortfall grant. That means the HDG will be calculated as the difference (or shortfall) between the eligible total development costs and the property sales values. The grant will be the minimum amount required to make the development viable up to a maximum of 30% of total eligible development costs. Where the shortfall is calculated to exceed 30%, the project may be unviable. The final amount of HDG will be based on the actual sales generated by the development.

The proposed project must be for sale to individual purchasers. HDG will only be paid on confirmed sales. Only one unit may be sold or disposed of to the same individual or individuals. Multiple purchases will not attract HDG.


HDG is available for the development of private housing located in the 6 Building Successful Communities pilot areas. Maps of these areas are available below.

How to apply for funding

You can apply for HDG by downloading and completing the application form and submitting it to DfC Housing at the address below. You can also ask DfC Housing to post you a hard copy of the Application Pack.

You will need to provide the following information:

  • the nature of the project;
  • cost details;
  • employment implications;
  • timescale for the project;
  • nature of assistance required;
  • the development experience of the applicant;
  • other potential sources of funding;
  • overall project benefits.

Please read the application form carefully before completing and submitting an application.

Privacy Notice

Details on how any personal information you send to Housing Development Grants will be handled when making an application are available.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please see below the most common questions in relation to the Housing Development Grant.

Equality Screening

This policy has been subject to equality screening.

Additional Information

You can get additional information and hard copies of the forms from:

Housing Development Grants
DfC Housing
Level 3 Causeway Exchange
Chichester Street
Tel: 02890 515317
E-mail: housingdevelopmentgrant@communities-ni.gov.uk
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