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Grant scheme helps crofters improve housing or buy homes

By Scott Maclennan

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Environment minister Mairi Gougeon
Environment minister Mairi Gougeon

Grants have been awarded to 11 crofters in some of Scotland’s most remote and marginal communities to help them improve their housing or to build new homes.

The Croft House Grant scheme aims to retain and attract people to rural and remote communities with the latest round of funding awarding grants worth £265,922.

Since the scheme was launched in 2007, more than £23 million has been awarded to 1,067 families and individuals in rural and island communities.

Rural Affairs Secretary Mairi Gougeon said: “Crofters are so important to our rural and island communities.

"They play an integral role contributing to the long-term sustainability of these areas. To continue this work, we need to attract and retain people in these remote communities, particularly young families, and the Croft House Grant has proved successful in doing just that.

“I have seen first-hand how important these grants are to crofters and I am determined to continue helping people in crofting areas. Since March 2020 we have awarded over £2 million in grant funding to help build and improve homes for 73 crofters and their families.”

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