Island Infrastructure Scheme Opens for Applications

03 January 2023

The new multi-million pound Island Infrastructure Scheme has opened for applications today (Tuesday 3rd January 2023) following approval by Tynwald in December 2022.

The Island Infrastructure Scheme, administered by the Department for Enterprise, aims to stimulate and accelerate the development of privately owned brownfield sites which are included on the Unoccupied Urban Sites Register.

The Scheme has been designed to support the development of sites that have remained empty, or underutilised, for some time by providing financial support to offset the additional costs faced when redeveloping sites of this nature, with the ultimate aim of unlocking economic and social value currently unrealised across these sites.

The Island Infrastructure Scheme is able to provide financial assistance of up to 25% of eligible expenditure to developers, by way of a grant and/or loan towards development projects which meet the criteria outlined in the Scheme Guidance.

Lawrie Hooper MHK, Minister for Enterprise, commented:

‘This administration has made a clear commitment to confronting the challenge of redundant brownfield sites and accelerating broader urban regeneration which stimulates significant private sector investment.

‘The Island Infrastructure Scheme intends to do just this, starting initially with those sites that have been identified on the Unoccupied Urban Sites Register, encouraging developers to bring forward proposals to redevelop these sites and reduce the risk of them laying fallow for another decade or more.

‘As I made clear when requesting approval from Tynwald in December, proposals will only be supported if they meet the requirements set out through the Scheme to maximise economic outcomes and positive accelerated regeneration to ultimately help the Island move towards a more secure, vibrant and sustainable future for residents and businesses.’

The first round of applications will run from 3rd January to 1st April 2023, with applications prioritised and awarded on an assessment criteria which will take into account direct and indirect economic benefit together with social and public realm benefits. Additionally, in line with the Economic Strategy, applications will also be assessed on the basis of the level of private sector investment leveraged by any support provided through the Scheme.

More information on the Island Infrastructure Scheme, and a link to apply, can be found at: