The level of grant support available to help crofters build and improve their homes is to be significantly increased.
From April 1 this year, crofters will be able to apply for up to £28,000 under the new Croft House Grant Scheme – and up to £38,000 if they live in island and specified mainland communities.
The three previous funding rates will be replaced with a new standard level of grant and a higher level for the islands and some mainland areas. These new rates are significantly higher and mean some crofters will be eligible for more than double the funding available under the old scheme.
Changes to the Croft House Grant Scheme announced by the Environment Minister include:
· There will be two rates of grant assistance and some mainland communities, in addition to islands, will be eligible for the higher rate. Details of the eligible mainland communities can be found here...
· Two new grant rates for the arrangement should initially be set at £28,000 (standard rate) and £38,000 (higher rate) for new house builds;
· Each application should be individually assessed to determine if it is fit for purpose, rather than cap the cost of a house build;
· Applicants will be eligible to claim up to 40 per cent of the total improvement costs, to the maximum of £28,000 or £38,000, dependent on the geographical area; and
· The introduction of a selection mechanism for the arrangements to ensure that support is targeted at those most in need.
More information on how to apply, including guidance for applicants and the application form, will be available on the Scottish Government’s Rural Payments website in due course: (https://www.ruralpayments.org/publicsite/futures/topics/all-schemes/).