2017 BIS application form Business Incentive Scheme to Encourage the Use of Vacant Commercial Premises
Westmeath County Council recognises the impact of the current recession on the business community and society at large. People are struggling to make ends meet and many business are struggling to remain open. Unfortunately, many business have also closed and there are vacant premises throughout the county. These vacant premises can be visually detrimental in an area and are an untapped resource in terms of economic enterprise and activity.
The Council is keen to see these vacant premises in use for a number of reasons including:
For these reasons, the Council has established a three year grant scheme to incentivise the reuse of vacant premises.
Grants may be paid by Westmeath County Council to Qualifying Applicants in respect of Qualifying property as follows:
The Grant will be paid within 4 weeks of the payment of the annual commercial rate demand for that year for the property in question, or more frequently if agreed between the Council and the ratepayer. The grant payable will not exceed 50% of the rates paid.
This scheme will be reviewed annually.
Download the 2017 BIS application form