Nationwide Building Society Community Grants

We are delighted to announce that Our Island Home has been awarded grant funding from the Nationwide Building Society.

Our Island Home was one of nine successful projects voted for by Nationwide Building Society customers.

The funding award will enable Our Island Home to help island communities create housing opportunities for young people – building new housing, renovating empty homes, and leasing second homes. It will also help young people help themselves by providing personal housing plans setting out tailored housing options, and provide education resources to island schools and outreach advice services through social media, transport hubs, ferries, schools and colleges.

About Rural Housing Scotland


Rural Housing Scotland helps rural communities to take practical action to address local housing needs and build sustainable rural communities. We provide expert support to communities from initial feasibility – helping communities identify the need and develop a solution – through to the construction of affordable homes. We help communities secure affordable housing through community trusts and to work in partnership with government, landowners, and housing associations to deliver more affordable housing options.

We help people in rural areas with advice and information on rural housing options; promoting the uptake of grants and helping them find affordable rented housing.We work with communities across Scotland and have helped rural communities from Fetlar in Shetland to Foulden on the border.

Alongside our practical work with rural communities, Rural Housing Scotland plays a key role in the development of rural housing policy; building on our links with communities to highlight the extent and nature of rural housing issues to policy and decision makers.

Rural Housing Scotland has been active in supporting rural communities since 1993. For the majority of this time it has operated with one member of staff, but has made an impact on the lives of people in communities across Scotland far beyond its size. For details of our staff and Board of Directors click here.

What We Do

Rural Housing Scotland is a national charity which supports community action on rural housing issues, helping develop community led housing initiatives and campaigning to secure more affordable housing in rural Scotland. We undertake a range of activities to deliver rural housing:

Community Led Housing

Working with communities to tackle their housing challenges

Help communities secure funding for affordable housing from the Rural & Islands Housing Fund and other sources

Help communities to find land for affordable housing and support applications to the Scottish Land Fund

Undertake housing needs assessments /consultation

Assess the viability of community led housing solutions

Explore options for community assets transfers to provide housing

Develop business plans for community housing

Support community and individual self-build

Investigate new ideas like mutual home ownership coops

Advise on allocations and local lettings
Support communities to drive the change that they need

Community Engagement

Providing information and advice on housing options to communities and supporting community engagement with housing providers.

Organise public meetings and events

Hold housing advice surgeries

Meet with community trusts, community councils and other organisations

Social Media promotion

Championing Rural Housing

Ensuring rural communities’ voices are heard nationally

Develop new ideas to solve rural housing issues

Campaign for a fair share of investment in rural Scotland

Help ensure land reform secures land for housing

Promote the role of housing in rural regeneration

Provide a link between the most remote communities and all levels of government

Organise Scotland’s leading Rural Housing Conference

Rural Housing Information

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Case Studies

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