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Santa Cruz spruces up its look by giving grants for facade renovations 

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Santa Cruz has launched a pioneering new scheme which will provide grants to householders to improve the facades of their properties.

The city council’s governing board, under the presidency of the Mayor José Manuel Bermúdez, approved the rehabiliation project with an allocation of 300,000 euros.

This is the first time a measure of this type has been launched in the capital.

Councillor for infrastructure, Jose Alberto Díaz-Estébanez said the grants will allow financial help to homeowners who carry out ornate work, painting or small rehabilitation repairs.

“We want to contribute, from the administration, to the good appearance and the aesthetic improvement of the particular houses and, at the same time, to dynamise economic sectors related to the construction,” he said.

Sr. Diaz-Estébanez stressed that this will continue next year, when another 300,000 euros will be allocated.

The grants can be given to legal owners or communities who fit the criteria which includes being within the municipality of Santa Cruz and holding properties which are at least 25 years old.

The subsidies will be directed in any case to cover works that affect the exterior facades of the buildings that are visible from the public highway.

Excluded are those properties declared in a dilapidated state or in a state of ruin, involving the total or partial demolition of the same, as well as those that do not comply with the town planning or property protection regulations.

Applications may be submitted as soon as the call is published in the Official Gazette of the Province. From that moment, interested parties will be able to download from the municipal website the forms, which will also be available in the municipal offices of public attention.

As far as eligible costs are concerned, they may reach up to a maximum of 75% of the material execution budget included in the technical documentation provided with the application.

In addition to this limit, the maximum price per eligible square metre cannot exceed 20 euros for single-family homes, establishing a maximum of 6,000 euros, and 25 euros for collective housing, establishing a maximum amount of 60,000 euros.