Croft House Grant
This scheme provides grants for crofters to improve and maintain the standards of crofter housing, with the aim of attracting and retaining people within the crofting areas of Scotland.
Funding may be used for:
- major repairs
- internal improvements
- rebuilding work
- Full scheme guidance
- Selection criteria
- Breaches and penalties
- Appeals and complaints
Before you apply for this scheme please read the full scheme guidance. If you have any questions, please get in touch.
If you need any help or assistance to use this guidance, you can book an appointment at your local area office.
- 14 July, 2017
We've made a number of updates to the full scheme guidance.
This scheme is open to:
- crofting tenants
- occupier of a croft, acquired from landlords within the last seven years
- Kyles crofters
To be eligible, you must be inadequately housed because:
- your present accommodation does not provide sufficient accommodation for you and your immediate family
- your present accommodation does not meet an adequate standard, as judged by our inspector
- you currently live with parents, are 21 years or older and can show you have worked the croft for at least two years
Alternatively you must be in need of a house on the croft because:
- the type of agricultural activities requires your constant presence on the croft
- the needs of an existing non-agricultural business, require you to live on the croft
- you currently live in rented accommodation (including council housing)
The funds available for this scheme are limited and it may not be possible to approve all eligible applications (the scoring criteria is detailed at annex B of the full guidance).
If this is the case, other factors that we will consider to prioritise applications are:
- your current accommodation
- when you occupied the croft and what work you have done on the croft since you took occupation
- your combined household income
- any property on or off the croft that could be or has been sold to fund a new build
- your current and proposed activity on the croft
- proposed energy efficient improvements for house improvements
The scheme provides different levels of support depending on where a croft is situated. These are detailed on the ‘Geographical Priority Area’ map contained within the application.
The rates of assistance are:
New House Grant
Geographical Priority Area:
- high: £38,000
- standard: £28,000
Rebuilding and Improvement Grant
Geographical Priority Area:
- high: 40 per cent of costs up to a maximum grant of £38,000
- standard: 40 per cent of costs up to a maximum grant of £28,000
Before sending in an application form you need a Business Registration Number (BRN). If you do not have a BRN, please contact your local RPID area office.
You can download the application form below.
Assessment of applications will usually take place in a three monthly cycle. The closing dates for each round of applications are detailed below.
- scheme opens - 1 March, 2019
- first tranche closing date - 1 June, 2019
- second tranche closing date - 1 September, 2019
- third tranche closing date - 1 December, 2019
- fourth tranche closing date - 1 March, 2020
Claims for new builds, rebuilds and house improvement can be paid in up to three instalments, at stages set out in your grant offer letter.
Conditions relating to payment and amounts of these instalments will vary between projects and will be confirmed in your grant offer letter.
New houses are exempt from VAT. Therefore claims/payments will not include VAT.
We will make payments for the construction of new houses as work progresses, upon receipt of claims. A maximum of three claims are allowed.
You must provide receipts which verify the work you are claiming payment for and they must be signed by a surveyor.
Claims for rebuilding and improvement work can also be paid in up to three instalments.
If your application to join this scheme is successful and you receive grant support, your project may be subject to an inspection at any time during the period of grant conditions, which is 15 years for new build or 10 years for improvements.
Our inspectors will carry out a check on your house and croft against the conditions contained within your grant award.
You can find out more at our inspections section.
If we discover that you have not followed the scheme conditions we may require to recover all or part of the grant paid to you plus interest.
You can find out more about why we need to do this in our Disallowance and Penalties section.
If you are unhappy with a decision we have made regarding your application, you have the right to a review.
Likewise, if you are unhappy with our service as a whole, we have a dedicated complaints procedure to help you resolve this.
You should put your complaint or review request in writing and address it to:
Head of CHGS Branch
Croft House Grant Scheme
The Business Centre
Isle of Tiree
You can also find out more general information about appeals and complaints using the links below.
If you have any questions about this scheme, please get in touch. Contact details can be found in our Contact us section.