What are the main objectives of the grant funding?
The main objectives / expected outcomes of the grant are, as a result of COVID-19, to support vulnerable individuals and those in need, to help communities respond to the needs and challenges they are experiencing and protect the wellbeing of Scotland. This includes assisting Scottish citizens identified as ‘self-rationing’ energy.
What is ‘self-rationing’ of energy?
Self-rationing of energy refers to customers deliberately limiting their energy use to spend money on other goods or services. Self-rationing affects both prepayment meter and credit meter customers.
Which organisations can apply to the fund?
Trusted referral partners for the project include local authorities and 3rd sector partners who are providing energy advice and/or approved money advice.
Why can’t individuals apply for the grant?
Applications can only be accepted from organisations providing energy and / or debt advice. This is to ensure that all other reasonable alternatives have been explored and that funding from the Home Heating Support Fund is the most appropriate for the individual’s circumstances.
How will payments be made?
Once evidence has been checked by partner organisations and supplied to homeheatingadvice.scot and verified, where possible, payment will be made directly to the energy supplier. Where this is impossible, payment will be made directly to the applicant.
When do applications close?
Applications for funding must be made in time for the grant funding closing date of 31st March 2021, to ensure that time is allowed for appropriate verification and payment if the application is successful.
Is this fund open to people who are in Scotland on visas with no recourse to public funds? Can we refer clients with pre-settled status to the fund?
Charitable support can be provided to people with no recourse to public funds (and therefore also those with pre-settled status).
As long as all of the other eligibility criteria are met, people who are in Scotland on visas with no recourse to public funds can apply to the Home Heating Support Fund.
I made an application to the fund prior to the closing date. When will this be paid?
The final payments for this iteration of the Home Heating Support Fund will be paid before the 14th of April 2021.
You should receive notification by email in advance of this date. If you have any questions about an application, you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org