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RSABI gear up for strong demand for Help for Heating grants

RSABI gear up for strong demand for Help for Heating grants

22 March 2022

At RSABI, we're gearing up for an unprecedented increase in demand for our Help for Heating grants in the coming weeks, as energy costs continue to soar. 

In the past month spend on these grants has trebled and, with fuel and other energy costs continuing to rise, RSABI is preparing to respond to a steady increase in demand for the grants. 

We've already given means-tested grants of over £25,000 since April 2021 to people across the country struggling to heat their homes. 

With many people worried about reports of rising energy prices in the months ahead, our Welfare Manager Chris McVey is keen to raise awareness of the heating support RSABI is offering. 

“Many people in the agricultural community are set to face significant increases in their energy costs from April and we know there is real concern,” said Mr McVey. 

“Older rural properties can often be harder to heat compared with more modern homes, with stone walls and single glazed windows,” he added. 

Typically, RSABI offers grants worth around £300 to help people who are eligible pay for heating, although higher value grants are also being offered, depending on different circumstances. 

“If you’re worried about how you’re going to manage increasing energy bills or are already struggling to stay warm in your home please don’t hesitate to contact us,” added Mr McVey. 

“All support is provided in complete confidence, and as well as financial assistance there may be other ways we can help – for example by putting you in touch with other organisations who can assist with energy efficiency measures.” 

To find out more about RSABI’s Help for Heating grants call 0808 1234 555 (freephone) – the helpline is open every day from 7am to 11pm – or email


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