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Isle of Canna Community Housing

by Isle of Canna Community Development Trust in Isle of Canna, Scotland, United Kingdom


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This project will only be funded if at least £5,000 is pledged by 7th December 2021 at 12:00pm

To give our little island a long-term sustainable future by building three affordable homes for new island residents

by Isle of Canna Community Development Trust in Isle of Canna, Scotland, United Kingdom



What we want to do

The community of Canna is small but ambitious, and we think our island has a great future. Over 300 people once called Canna home, but over the centuries numbers dwindled until only 18 people are now living on the island all year round. We want more people to have the chance to live and work in this beautiful place, to contribute to our community, and make Canna a thriving place in the 21st Century. We particularly want to attract families with children so we can re-open our mothballed primary school. 


How will we achieve it

Canna needs more affordable homes for new residents and families. We want to build three new houses on sites that the National Trust for Scotland has made available to the community. The houses will be warm, energy-efficient and let at affordable rents. They will be managed and owned by the community in perpetuity. Hopefully in time we may be able to re-open Canna's primary school again.


What we need

We are working with professional housing bodies and the Scottish Government to raise the £750,000 we need to build the houses. The bulk of the money will come from housing grants and loans, but the community also has to raise some additional funding. In particular we'd like to make these homes as green as possible by heating them using Canna's own renewable electricity generated from our 6 wind turbines and solar PV array. We estimate the necessary adaptions will cost about £5,000, and this is what we aim to raise through this Crowdfunding campaign. 


If you would like to make a donation, please consider contributing to our Crowdfunder campaign.



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