Click the link above to read the Fuel Grant Policy and learn how to apply in 2020.
In order to support Westray’s residents and reduce the impacts of Fuel Poverty on our island, Westray Development Trust (WDT) have established this temporary fund for all Westray households who meet eligibility criteria. According to the Scottish Household Survey (2015-2017) 57% of Orkney residents are in Fuel Poverty or Extreme Fuel Poverty (23%).
This is the second Fuel Grant in 2020 as an extra grant was available in Spring 2020 in response to the COVID-19 crisis. The Fuel Grant is not a permanent fund. Whether or not the Westray Fuel Grant is repeated in future years will be subject to funding availability as well as WDT Board annual review and approval. The Westray Fuel Grant Winter 2020 will grant payments of £150 directly to the applicant’s energy account. All applications must be submitted to the WDT office or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm Friday 18th December 2020. Please read the policy and guidance before filling your application.
Frequently asked questions
Do I need to complete an application form to apply for the Winter 2020 Fuel Grant?
Yes, you must complete the application form to apply for the Winter 2020 Fuel Grant.
Can I email the statement from the COVID-19 fuel grant earlier this year to receive this winter 2020 fuel grant?
No, you cannot. This was possible for the COVID-19 Fuel Grant as it was exceptional circumstances in the lockdown and it was reasonably close to the first grant in Winter 2019 for that application to still be relevant. However, it has now been 1 year since the Winter 2019 Fuel Grant and a new application is needed.
Do I need to provide a copy of a recent bill?
If you have changed providers or address in Westray since April 2020 –Yes
If you have not applied for a Fuel Grant in previous years – Yes
Everyone else – Ideally yes, it would enable us to pay your fuel grant quicker. However, as not everyone has access to a printer and the WDT office remains closed to the public meaning we cannot help with photocopying we understand this may be difficult. You must confirm on the application form that you have not changed providers since April 2020. If you are able to email a copy of a recent bill to accompany your completed application form then please do so. Email email@example.com
What do I do if I live in the same building as my business?
You must complete the application form and submit it alongside a copy of a letter or other evidence from your accountant stating what % of the property energy use is for domestic purposes. Ideally, you would also submit a copy of a recent bill.
Under charity law, we cannot offer this grant to a business therefore you must demonstrate the property is also a home. If you have applied for a Fuel Grant before you still need to submit this evidence. It has been 1 year since the first fuel grant was established and so 1 year since evidence will have been provided therefore we require updated evidence.