Announcement of Climate Challenge Fund Grant

NEWS RELEASE

22 MARCH 2018

THE KYLE OF SUTHERLAND DEVELOPMENT TRUST RISES TO CLIMATE CHALLENGE

The Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust has secured a share of £15.3 million made available through the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund.

The Trust has been awarded a Climate Challenge Fund grant totalling £101,415, to run The Energy Advice Service. The Climate Challenge Fund is a Scottish Government grant programme that is managed and administered by Keep Scotland Beautiful.

The funding will allow the Trust to create employment for one part-time and two full-time members of staff to run the Energy Advice Service, which will offer free support to householders across Sutherland, whether homeowners or people living in private or social housing. The team will help communities across Sutherland to tackle the interrelated issues of fuel poverty, carbon emissions and climate change. They will offer households a tailored home energy advice service to reduce energy use, fuel poverty and carbon emissions. The project will also help householders and community members to increase their knowledge of climate change through an educational programme and community engagement events.

Helen Houston, Development Manager at The Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust said: “The grant from CCF will enable us to expand the East Sutherland Energy Advice Service to all of Sutherland. We will work closely with people in our community, helping those who are worried about energy costs whilst at the same time making them aware of how to reduce carbon usage”.

David Gunn, Climate Challenge Fund Manager at Keep Scotland Beautiful said: “We are delighted that The Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust has been successful in securing funding from the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund and encourage the local community to take advantage of support available through The Energy Advice Service. We look forward to supporting The Energy Advice Service as they implement their project and empower many more communities to take action on climate change. We see it as part of our work to make Scotland clean, green and more sustainable.”

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For more information on The Energy Advice Service please contact:
Sarah Forrest on 01863 760 050 or email: sarah@kyleofsutherland.co.uk

Further information at www.climatechallengefund.org

 

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