West Tyrone Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

Urban Development Grant Applications sought

Published: 5 October, 2011

Sinn Fein Omagh town councillor Sorcha McAnespy has urged groups and companies to apply for the Urban Development grant which has just been unveiled by the Department of Social development.

The UDG is a discretionary grant administered by DSD which aims to encourage a range of physical development project. Projects may include environmental improvement schemes to develop vacant, derelict or underused land or buildings in priority areas. The UDG encourages the development of retail, commercial and light industrial works or inner middle city housing.

A range of physical development projects may attract UDG including inner/middle city housing, retail, commercial, and light industrial. It is envisaged the Small to Middle sized Enterprises would be suitable for such a grant.

Speaking on the issue Councillor McAnespy said:

"I would urge local companies to apply for this grant. The grant should help the local economy by developing infrastructural and capital projects in priority areas. I am particularly pleased to see the issue of derelict or underused properties in urban areas being highlighted as an area of possible development.

"Omagh is identified as an area of priority in this grant and as such I would encourage local SMEs in Omagh to apply for it. It is my hope that this will stimulate economic regeneration and attract investment in the local economy.

Application forms can be downloaded from and further details can be found www.dsdni.gov.uk/udg. It is recommended that applicants contact the Urban Development Grants Branch (028 9081 9747) prior to completing the Application Pack, as advice will be given on the suitability of the proposals.