Winter Fuel Grant

 

Applications are now closed.

Due to overwhelming demand, all our Winter Fuel Grants have now been allocated and the application window is closed. We will no longer be taking additional applications at this time.

However, if your family is in need of support please call our 24-hour helpline on 0800 188 4444.

A member of the team will then be in touch to discuss your specific support needs.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1: Why is the grant £400 per household?
£400 per household is equivalent to the government fuel grant provided to households in 2022 but not offered in 2023. We also want to support as many farming people experiencing financial difficulties as possible with a contribution towards their winter fuel bills.
Q2: How many grants will be available?
There are 625 grants available. This is a capped offer and once all the grants have been awarded, we will be closing the online application portal.
Q3: Is the grant available to farm workers?
The grant is available to households whose main source of employment comes from farming, including farm workers. It is also open to non-working farming people that have farmed for >2 years.
Q4: What are the eligibility criteria for the grant?
As this grant is available to both working and non-working farming people, you will be asked to answer a set of questions during the online application process, to ensure the grant goes to households in need that meet our definition of farming people. The 4 areas you will be evaluated against are as follows:
  1. If currently non-working, you must have farmed for a minimum of 2 years.
  2. If retired you must have farmed for a minimum of 2 years and spent the majority of your working life as a farming person. For example, if you farmed for 2 years and then left farming to work as a lorry driver for 20 years, you would not qualify.
  3. Financial criteria i.e. do you have less than £500 disposable income per calendar month after critical living expenses? OR are you in receipt of statutory benefits that indicate a low-income household?
  4. You must have farmed in England, Wales & NI and still be living within England, Wales & NI to receive the grant.
Q5: Does this apply to farming people in Scotland?
Unfortunately, only those living in England, Wales or Northern Ireland are eligible to apply for the grant. For anyone who is or has been involved in the Scottish agricultural industry, including farmers, crofters and farm workers, and their dependents, details for support in your region are here: RSABI - Help for Heating
Q6: Do I need to provide anything for my application?
You will need to upload a copy of your formal ID document (i.e. driving license or passport) and input your personal bank details so we can pay the grant if approved. Please note we cannot pay this grant into any account that does not include the applicant’s name and it must be a personal bank account and not a business account. We can pay into a joint personal (not business) account.
Q7: How do I know you have received my application?
You will receive an acknowledgement email containing a unique identifying number (UIN) and details of the next step in the process when you submit your initial application on the website. Please check your spam and junk folders if this has not been delivered to your inbox within four (4) hours.
Q8: I haven’t got access to the internet to make an application, is there another way?
The quickest way to apply is through our website, but if you are unable to apply in this way, please contact our 24hr helpline on 0800 188 4444 and a member of the team will assist you with making an application.
Q9: I am having difficulty uploading my documents on the website.
Your application is likely to be processed quicker if you can upload your documents online, but if you have difficulty doing this then a member of the team can assist you. Please call our 24hr helpline 0800 188 4444 to complete the application.
Q10: What happens after I have submitted my initial application on the website?
You will receive an application confirmation email containing your unique identifying number (UIN). A member of the RABI team will be in contact with you to let you know if your application has been successful by the end of March 2024. IF your application is approved, we will aim to make payment within 28 days of that approval. If your application does not meet our eligibility requirements, you will be advised by email that your request has been declined by the end of March 2024.
Q11: I haven’t heard from anyone, and I am worried that the campaign will close before my application is processed.
If you have been issued with a unique identifying number (UIN) prior to the campaign closing date, your application will be processed. We ask you to give us until the end of March 2024 to contact you before enquiring about your application status. When the campaign closes, you will see a webpage advising that the campaign is now closed and we will be taking no further applications. This campaign has a limited number of grants available. Once they have been allocated no more applications will be accepted. If you, unfortunately, miss out and would like to find out what other support is available:
  1. If you live in England or Wales please call the helpline number on 0800 188 4444 or you can visit www.rabi.org.uk for more information
  2. If you live in Northern Ireland please email farmsupport@ruralsupport.org.uk or visit www.ruralsupport.org.uk for more information.
Q12: The application window for the grant has now closed. Can I still apply?
This campaign has a limited number of grants available. Once they have been allocated no more applications will be accepted. If you, unfortunately, miss out and would like to find out what other support is available:
  1. If you live in England or Wales please call the helpline number on 0800 188 4444 or you can visit www.rabi.org.uk for more information
  2. If you live in Northern Ireland please email farmsupport@ruralsupport.org.uk or visit www.ruralsupport.org.uk for more information.
Q13: If I have missed the final closing date, but my family need help, where can I go?
To find out what other support is available in your area:
  1. If you live in England or Wales please call the helpline number on 0800 188 4444 or you can visit www.rabi.org.uk for more information
  2. If you live in Northern Ireland please email farmsupport@ruralsupport.org.uk or visit www.ruralsupport.org.uk for more information.