Village Catalyst Grant Scheme

Date published: 17 February 2022

Last updated: 09 May 2022

The Village Catalyst grant scheme is a partnership initiative between the Department for Communities (DfC), the Department for Agriculture Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) the Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF), and the Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE). Applications are invited from charities, social enterprise and other not for profit groups in rural villages of less than 5,000 people, who want to tackle rural poverty and social isolation in their area, by developing a sustainable use for a disused historic building in their village.


You can see examples of the sort of projects supported in the our pilot.

Support is available for communities to:

  • Carry out viability work (up to £10k),
  • Develop their plans (up to £20k)
  • Deliver their project (up to £200k).

Please read the guidance below and then contact the Village Catalyst team at to request the relevant application form.

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