The home restoration scheme Irrestawra Darek has been launched for the second year running, with a sum of €10 million in grants being allocated.

Addressing a press conference this morning, Infrastructure Minister Ian Borg said that following the success of the first scheme, which was taken up within five weeks of the launch, the government would again be offering grants to those opting to restore their homes.

The funds will be divided between different groups, with €7.5 million for private residences, €1 million for persons with disabilities, a further €1 million for those aged 65 and over and half a million for non-governmental organisations.

Those opting for the scheme can apply, through their architect, as of April 2, with the closing date set for June 28.

Under the scheme, those who own residences of Grade 1 scheduled buildings are eligible for a rebate on 70 per cent of the costs of restoration works on the façade and interior up to a maximum of €100,000 while those who own residences of Grade 2 scheduled buildings are entitled to a rebate of not more than €50,000.

Owners of old residence located within Urban Conservation Areas (UCAs) can apply for a rebate of up to a maximum of €10,000.

This year’s scheme will also enable those with disabilities to carry out works on their homes in a way that makes them more accessible. Those applying for the grant must complete the works by 2020, while anyone applying for permits has six months to have these approved.

More information on the scheme will be given to architects during meetings which will be held in the coming weeks.

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