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Croft House Grant funding for 21 crofters

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More than 20 crofters are to share a £705,000 grant to improve their housing.

The Scottish government said the Croft House Grant would entitle each crofters to funding of up to £38,000.

The money is being spread across crofts in the Highlands, Western Isles, Northern Isles and Argyll.

Ministers said the funding would allow them to build or improve homes, helping to retain and attract people to rural communities.

'Agricultural activity'

Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy Fergus Ewing said 21 crofters would receive the funding.

He said: "Good quality housing is essential for crofters. We need to draw people to Scotland's most remote and rural communities and the Croft House Grant can do that.

"Upgrading or building new properties can help crofters fulfil their duty to live on or close to their croft and can help them undertake additional agricultural activity."

Funding will be made available to crofters in Caithness, Inverness-shire, Lewis, Skye, Islay, North Uist,, Ross-shire, Shetland and Sutherland.

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