"The Scottish Government's Rural Homes for Rent Pilot Scheme funds additional new-build affordable housing for affordable rent in rural Scotland. Grant funding is targeted at landowners in pressured rural housing markets where registered social landlords have been constrained in meeting local housing and homelessness need.
The Scottish Government received 67 initial expressions of interest to participate in the scheme from landowners across 16 local authority areas. Following assessment for eligibility, 49 applications were shortlisted and invited to submit detailed proposals of which 25 were received.
The proposals received sought grant funding totalling over £11 million to provide a potential 166 new houses. This meant the pilot scheme was over-subscribed, and the Scottish Government could not support all applications which met its criteria within the available budget of £5 million.
The submissions have been subject to an assessment by the Scottish Government in consultation with the relevant local authorities. As a result it is supporting 12 pilot projects which require grant support of almost £5 million to provide 75 new properties for rent in rural Scotland."
Details of the successful applications are now available here: