Grants of up to £22,000 are being offered by Corby Council to owners of empty properties to bring them into use.
The money is available after the council’s successful bid for £880,000 of government funding.
There 252 empty properties in Corby, 78 of which are have been unused for longer than six months.
The empty homes grants will enable Corby Council to work with and support owners of some of these properties in order to get them back to a decent standard to be let.
It will give grants of up to £22,000 for work to be carried out in the properties highlighted as long-term empty homes which can be both private and commercial properties.
This will allow for up to 44 properties to benefit from the grant funding.
The council has already worked with several owners, initial surveys have been carried out, and work is due to start on some properties next month.
Some commercial opportunities in the town centre have also been identified as potential homes and the council is working with the owners to develop some high quality affordable housing in the heart of Corby.
The council’s lead member for housing, Cllr Bob Eyles, said:“We are delighted to be moving forward with this exciting project, but what we need now is for more people to come forward with properties for the scheme.
“Do you own an empty home and would benefit from some free money? Do you know of someone who owns an empty home and may be struggling? Do you know of an empty property that you could report to us? Or, do you own of or know of an empty commercial building such as an office block that could be made into a home? We are giving away free money so please come forward.”
For more information on the grants call 01536 464069 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.