Financial assistance available to crofters and cottars in the former crofting counties of Scotland for costs associated with erecting new dwelling houses.
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% of costs up to a maximum grant of £38,000
- standard: 40% of costs up to a maximum grant of £28,000
The Croft House Grant provides grants for new houses and the rebuilding and renovation of existing croft houses. The scheme is geographically targeted with two levels of grant determined by priority areas with the highest grant maximum available in the more remote and fragile communities.
Funding is intended to improve and maintain crofting house standards to attract and retain people in crofting communities throughout the Highlands.
Applicants are ineligible if they:
- Are the landlord of the croft.
- Are adequately housed within working distance of the croft (within 10 miles).
- Do not intend to work the croft.
- Obtain funding from another public funding agency for the same project or part thereof.
- Gave up ownership within the last five years of an adequate house within working distance of the croft.
- If a new house was assisted within the last 20 years.
- submit an application where the cost of the project is less than £10,000.
Ineligible work in terms of the house type includes:
- Mobile homes.
- Temporary structures.
- House to be built away from the croft.
- Second or holiday homes.
Applications for improvements to an existing croft house are invited from crofters for whom the croft house is their main residence.
The scheme is open to:
- crofting tenants;
- owner-occupiers of crofts, which were acquired from the landlord within the last seven years;
- cottars; and
- Kyles crofters.
The croft must be situated in the crofting counties of Argyll, Inverness, Ross and Cromarty, Sutherland, Caithness, Orkney, Shetland, and the Western Isles.
Match funding of up to 60% of costs is required.
Costs associated with new builds such as:
- Central heating.
- Provision of a fuel store of appropriate size.
- Connection to the mains electricity supply.
- The supply and installation of new private generator.
- Connection to the mains gas supply.
- Installation of bulk liquefied petroleum gas tanks (sited above ground only) and associated pipe work and fittings.
The construction of new houses may be:
- Traditionally constructed houses, or
- Timber framed houses, or
- Other suitable types.
- New houses should have at least three apartments (two bedrooms and one living area) in addition to the kitchen and the bathroom.
- The maximum size of a new house should be related to the size of the household and the needs of the croft.
Improvements to the original building may include, but are not limited to:
- Replacement of roof covering
- Replacement of gutters and down pipes
- Provision of, or modification and repairs to chimneys and flues
- Repairs to cracks in walls (providing the movement has ceased, and the cracks are historic – in these cases a structural engineer’s report may be required)
- Provision of chemical damp proof courses (DPCs)
- Provision of, or replacement of external rendering, where this is required to maintain water tightness
- Replacement of decayed or undersized structural elements such as lintels
- Repairs to timber roof and floor structure where water ingress or infestation has led to decay
- Provision of, or modification to external walls, and internal partitions as required to create a functional dwelling house
- Provision of thermal and sound insulation to external wall linings, internal partitions, floors, and roof spaces
- Provision of, or replacement of floors, solums and under-floor ventilation
- Lowering external ground levels and provision of external drainage where required to divert surface water from the building
- Provision of ramps and other means of access
- Replacement of doors and windows
- Application of chemical treatment of woodworm and other infestation
The scheme has four tranches of applications for 2017-18, with the following deadlines:
- First tranche: 1 June 2017 (now passed)
- Second tranche: 1 September 2017
- Third tranche: 1 December 2017
- Fourth tranche: 1 March 2018
Applicants should contact the Crofters Commission or their local Scottish Government Rural Payments and Inspection Division (SGRPID) office for further information.