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Covid Energy advice

REAP are still here to help

As the situation around COVID-19 keeps developing, we’d like to reassure you that we’re still here to help with energy advice and worries. Our team is working from home and we’re not offering home visits for the time being, but we can still help with free and impartial advice about managing fuel bills, keeping warm and referring people to other help locally where we can.

Contacting us for help

If you or anyone you know is worried about their energy bills or struggling to stay warm at home, please continue to refer them to us as normal. We won’t be able to offer them a home visit, but can respond if you phone us or email. Please be aware this may take a day or two during the week and longer at weekends or on Fridays:

Ring our land line 01542 88 8070. If we can’t answer your call, please leave a message with your phone number clearly stated in the message and we’ll get back to you. We will call you back from staff mobile phones, not from the landline.

Email info@reapscotland.org.uk. Emails will be forwarded to our energy advice staff for attention – we’ll email you back unless you give us a phone number to call if that is preferable to you.

Home Energy Scotland are still running their free advice line too – call 0808 808 2282

See our Coronavirus info page for information on

  • Support for people on pre-payment meters
  • Saving energy when you’re stuck at home
  • General Coronavirus advice
  • Coronavirus scams and fraud

Take care and keep warm, best wishes REAP

Cooper Park Bi-monthly 14th March 10.30am-12.30pm

We’ll be tending to the edible beds in Cooper Park behind the tennis courts, beside the play park, this Saturday. Feel free to drop in any time to see what’s going on and find out more about the beds, or lend a hand and learn some practical gardening skills. All are welcome.

We run these sessions every other month so please keep an eye on our Events calendar or Facebook to see when the next one is and what else is going on. Events are free to attend.

Global Ecovillage Network Online Summit – free!

Our colleagues at GEN warmly invite you to join their ‘Communities For Future – Our Response to the Climate Emergency’ online summit February 1st to 10th February. The summit is totally free to sign up to and you can dip in and out as you wish. The list of speakers is impressive – they are leaders in their fields. See https://summit2020.ecovillage.org/ for more details and to sign up. Communities large and small can make a difference by taking action. 

Join people all over the world viewing these speakers and interviews. As GEN says, “If you are seeking inspiration and hope for the future facing today’s climate crisis, join now GEN’s Communities for Future Online Summit – Our Response to the Climate Emergency. The human presence on this planet needs to be and can be transformed – from destructive to regenerative – now!” On signing up you will be able to watch 3 interviews from the speakers below.

Hill of Towie Community Benefit Funding applications

The latest round of funding is now open, thanks to Hill of Towie wind farm developer, RES. 

Applications from constituted groups in the fund area of benefit are welcome and the next closing date is Thursday 12th March. Applicants must meet at least one of the fund aims, which are:

  • to improve the social and community life within of the area of benefit
  • to safeguard and improve the natural environment and promote its proper use

If you’ve never applied for funding before and need some help, or if you just want to check your plans or projects are eligible, please contact REAP for an informal chat. We’re happy to answer any questions you have about the application process or how to fill in forms. You’ll find all the paperwork you need on the downloads page and paper copies are also available, just ask. 

Area of benefit map

The Hill of Towie Community Benefit Fund Area of Benefit

The area of benefit encompasses the parishes of Botriphnie (around Drummuir), Boharm (around Mulben) and Keith and Newmill. 

Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund generates more local grant funds

The Hill of Towie Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund has awarded almost £50,000 of funding for local projects and groups in the Keith area. The latest round of funding saw 10 local organisations boosted by grant awards totalling £44,585.02

Applications must benefit community/social life or the natural environment of Boharm, Botriphnie, or Keith and as usual, applications covered diverse projects and plans. This round featured funding for a defibrillator, health & wellbeing sessions, Christmas lights and summer flowers, as well as other improvements to community spaces.

One of the beneficiaries of this funding round is the Loft Youth Project in Keith, who received money for sessional youth worker time. Their application made a strong case for the social benefit of investing in young people

Project Manager Sharon Duncan said, “We are over the moon to receive this much needed additional funding. The services we provide are in greater demand than ever. They range from running small groups for young people who need some intensive support, to transition groups that have proved to be very effective in helping primary seven pupils with the move to secondary school. Being able to fund extra staff hours will help us meet all these needs and continue to invest in our local young people.”

Beneficiaries for this round of funding were:
Mulben Picnic Committee – £7,920 to remove a derelict building from the playpark site
Keith 50+ Group – £500 for health and wellbeing outings and activities
Drummuir & Botriphnie Community Trust – £17,428.38 to level and resurface the hall car park and £900 towards plants and additional planters for ‘Drummuir in Bloom’
Rrrrallye Team – £344.00 towards venue hire for their annual Fun Day and Car Show
Keith in Flower – £3,700.00 for additional planters for ‘Keeping Keith in Flower’
Boharm Public Hall – £1,866.99 for a 24/7 public access defibrillator at the hall
Keith Golf Club – £3,750.00 for a rough cutting roller mower
The Loft Youth Project – £6,012.51 for additional sessional staff
Keith Community Council Christmas Lights Committee – £2,163.14 to refurbish lights

The Hill of Towie Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund was set up by RES, operator of the 21-turbine site near Drummuir, to support groups and projects that benefit Boharm, Botriphnie and Keith. Since it was established in 2012, the fund has awarded 148 grants totalling £ 637,395.

The deadline for the next round of funding is Thursday 12th March. The Decision Making Panel is always keen to hear from new applicants. You can talk through ideas and check eligibility, with the friendly staff at REAP. Get in touch by calling 01542 888 070 or emailing info@reapscotland.org.uk. Fund application forms and guidance notes are available for download on the REAP website and paper copies are available on request.

Energy Advice drop in sessions

Jenni from REAP is out and about the next few weeks. She’ll be on the Information Bus in Elgin and at 2 Quarriers Carers’ Cafes – one in Elgin, one in Forres. Details are on the Events page or you can keep up with us on Facebook

We can offer free and impartial energy advice to households in Moray- from understanding your bills, checking you’re on the best deal, help with your heating controls, energy saving at home and advising you about any grants and loans.

 

Hill of Towie Community Benefit Fund Deadline

The next deadline for applications the Hill of Towie Community Benefit Fund is Thursday 10th October. (previous applicants please not the change of day from Friday).

Application forms are available on the Downloads page and hard copies are available in the REAP office or can be posted out on request.

We’re always happy to hear from new applicants so if you want to check if your group and idea are eligible, please contact REAP for an informal chat. We can help talk you through the application form and process.

The Hill of Towie Community Benefit Fund is made available to the community by the developer RES.

Energy Champions at KCR.FM

Jenni, our Energy Champions worker spoke with John from Keith Community Radio in June about her project. Click the link below to listen in as she explains what it’s all about, gives out some top energy saving (and money saving!) tips. If you’d like to learn more and be able to help friends, family or neighbours save some energy advice, we’re offering free training and support to become an Energy Champion.

If Championing others is not for you, you can get free and impartial advice on beating your bills and saving money from our Energy Advice Moray team. Find out more on the energy pages of our website.

We think Jenni did brilliantly on her first broadcast and we thank our friends at Keith Community Radio for the opportunity and their ongoing support. We are also grateful to our funders, without whom this would not be possible.

Funding can put a spring in your step!

Spring 2019 has got off to a great start for 14 local community groups and organisations who have shared over £121,000 of grant funding in April and May. The Hill of Towie Community Benefit Fund and Edintore Community Benefit fund are made available by developers RES and Edintore Wind Farm Limited. Applications providing social and or environmental benefit to the fund areas are welcomed.

The next deadline for the Hill of Towie Community Benefit Fund is Thursday 10th October and the next Edintore deadline will be in early 2020. If you are looking for funding, you’ll find details of the fund aims and application forms on the Community Grants page. Grant applications can be submitted at any time before the deadline.

If you have any questions or are new to applying for funding, please get in touch for an informal chat. REAP will check your application form for completeness ahead of application deadlines and we always urge applicants not to leave it until the last minute. 

Both funds aim to provide social and/or environmental benefit. Full criteria and eligibility are in the guidance notes. You can also read our ‘Top Tips’ advice on what makes a good application. Each fund has an area of benefit. The Hill of Towie Community Benefit Fund covers Keith, Newmill and the parishes of Boharm and Botriphnie. Applicants must be based in this area. The Edintore Wind Farm has a primary area of benefit of a 5 mile radius of the wind farm, and a secondary area benefit outside this area. Priority is given to applications benefiting people in the primary area of benefit.

Hill of Towie Community Benefit Fund Area of Benefit

Edintore Community Benefit Fund Area of Benefit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The list of successful applicants for the 3rd round of Edintore Grant funding and the 14th Round of Hill of Towie funding is as follows:

Edintore Community Benefit Fund

  • Keith Roller Bladers & Skaters was awarded £7,780 towards the final stage of refurbishing the skate park
  • Dufftown Royal British Legion was awarded £20,000 towards the costs of refurbishing the toilets
  • Keith Royal British Legion was awarded £7,000 towards the costs of refurbishing toilets
  • Keith Golf Club was awarded £10,000 for a replacement mower    
  • Strathisla Pipe Band was awarded £5,000 towards the costs of a Massed Pipe Band even to celebrate their Centenary
  • Keith Trefoil Guild was awarded £700 for a laptop and projector     
  • Longmore Hall was awarded £15,000 towards costs of upgrading the hall

The Hill of Towie Community Benefit Fund

  • Keith Royal British Legion was awarded £7,000 towards the costs of refurbishing the toilets
  • Drummuir & Botriphnie Community Trust was awarded £7,551.54 to resurface the hall car park and £1,716.99 to purchase and install a defibrillator
  • Drummuir 21 was awarded £700 for a St Fumac Statue
  • Boharm Public Hall was awarded £17,742 to replace the hall railings and gates
  • Sunshine Developmental Playgroup was awarded £200 for being seen out and about
  • Keith Country Dance Club was awarded £200.00 to help with running costs
  • The Loft Youth Project was awarded £997.50 for an Awards Group
  • Keith Country Show was awarded £10,000 towards the costs of phase 2 of power distribution phase throughout the show ground
  • Longmore Hall was awarded £10,000.00 towards the costs of upgrading the stage

Energy Advice

REAP is currently running the ENERGY ADVICE MORAY project offering free energy advice to households across Moray. This work is funded by Moray Council through their HEEPS scheme (Home Energy Efficiency Programmes for Scotland). We’re sending invitations to households that have had improvements under the scheme offering free and impartial advice, but anyone who lives in Moray may be eligible for advice. This may be extended to a home visit if necessary.
Please call us on 01542 888070 or email info@reapscotland.org.uk and one of our trained Energy Advisers will get back to you. This service is currently funded to the end of March 2018, but REAP is urgently seeking funding to extend this beyond March, especially to those who are spending a large percentage of their income on heating their home – defined as being in ‘fuel poverty’.