Allerdale Borough Council is urging owners of empty homes to get their properties back into use with a grant of up to £10,000.
It's part of National Empty Homes Week this week which runs from today until Sunday.
The money is available for owners of homes that have been empty for more than 12 months. The grant covers up to 75% of the price of the work and homeowners are expected to contribute towards the remaining costs.
Work can include renewable energy measures, works to bring the property up to the Decent Homes Standard, fire safety measures and home security measures.
Empty Homes Week is to raise awareness of the issue of empty properties and is supported by local authorities, housing providers and community-led organisations who are tackling the issue of empty homes.
Councillor Carni McCarron-Holmes, Executive Member with responsibility of Housing, said “These grants are often a great help to property owners who are struggling to maintain an empty building and find a suitable use for it.
"We want all properties to be in use, so I would urge anyone with an empty property to contact our housing team who will be able to provide as much support and advice as needed.”
Applicants will be expected to fund 25% of the works. For more information on eligibility of Empty Homes Grants, or to apply, contact the Housing Services team on 0303 123 1702 or email email@example.com.