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Tenant Grant Fund

Applications for the Tenant Grant Fund are now closed. 

The Scottish Government set up a Tenant Grant Fund during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The fund provides financial help to tenants who are at risk of becoming homeless because they have fallen behind with rent payments during the pandemic.

It allows tenants to reduce or pay off any rent arrears they have built up.

Payments are being administered by local authorities. North Ayrshire received an allocation of funding which was available until 31 March 2022.

The grants do not have to be repaid.


Tenant Grant Fund payments were available to tenants in:

  • council housing
  • housing association accommodation
  • privately rented accommodation

The scheme was designed to be flexible, with the following eligibility criteria set by the Scottish Government:

  • the grants are limited to helping with rent arrears that built-up between 23 March 2020 and 9 August 2021 to a maximum of 12 months within this period
  • grants can be used to make a full or partial payment of arrears depending on individual circumstances
  • grants will be targeted towards current tenants who are at risk of becoming homeless and do not have any other way of clearing the arrears
  • private sector landlords should be registered on the Scottish Landlord Register
  • landlords should have carried out steps to resolve the issue before making an applying in line with pre-action requirements
  • payments will be made to landlords rather than tenants on the strict condition that the payment will be used to credit the tenant's rent account, and that any ongoing proceedings to end the tenancy will be ceased

Funding was targeted towards supporting households who are at the greatest risk of becoming homeless.

Contact us

If you have an enquiry regarding the Tenant Grant Fund please email us at tenantgrantfund@north-ayrshire.gov.uk.