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Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations is the membership organisation for Scotland's charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises. Charity registered in Scotland SC003558. Registered office Mansfield Traquair Centre, 15 Mansfield Place, Edinburgh EH3 6BB.

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The Scottish Government - Rural and Islands Housing Funds


Both funds aim to increase the supply of affordable housing of all tenures in rural Scotland and will contribute to the 50,000 affordable homes target. The funds have two components. The main one offers capital support (grant and loan) to enable the direct provision of new affordable housing and refurbishment of existing empty properties. A second, smaller component provides a contribution to feasibility studies.

Applications for feasibility funding will only be accepted from projects already invited to apply at the Expression of Interest stage

Geographical areas funded: Scotland

Fund type

Type of funding:
Grant, Loan
Type of cost:
Capital, Revenue

Fund award sizes

Annually awarded:
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Notes on award amounts: Premium information

Who can apply

Both funds are open to a wide range of applicants including community organisations, development trusts, private landowners, private developers, traditional housing providers.


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When to apply

Applications can be submitted at any time. Those interested in applying should first complete the pre-application questionnaire which will help you decide if the Rural Housing Fund is right for your project.

How to apply

Complete pre-eligibility checker on the website and then submit an expression of interest form via email.

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Activites funded: Housing & shelter

Beneficiaries funded: Homeless or badly housed Rural communities

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