The Rural and Islands Housing Funds (RIHF) can help you:
- build new homes
- change buildings into homes
- make empty homes ready to rent or sell
The planned homes must be affordable and can be for rent or sale.
To get funding from the RIHF you must:
- have a building site or buildings chosen in a rural area of Scotland - see below for a definition of rural
- show that there's a need for affordable housing in the area
- have council support for the homes
- plan to work with the community
- be able to provide long-term affordable housing
To get funding from the Islands Housing Fund your building site or building must also be located on a Scottish Island.
There are 2 parts to the RIHF:
- the main fund to help get homes built, convert business buildings into homes or make existing empty homes ready to rent or sell
- a smaller fund to help you plan the building project, called the 'feasibility fund'
What is a rural area?
To get money from this fund the homes you're planning must be in a rural area.
Rural areas in Scotland are defined as:
- 'remote small towns' - 3,000-9,999 people and a 30 minute drive to a place with 10,000 people or more
- 'accessible rural areas' - 3,000 or less people and within 30 minutes drive to a place with 10,000 people or more
- 'remote rural areas' - 3,000 or less people and a drive of more than 30 minutes to a place with 10,000 people or more
There's more information in the Scottish Government Urban Rural Classification.