Fyne Homes awarded climate challenge cash

Fyne Homes' head office in Rothesay's Victoria Street.
Fyne Homes' head office in Rothesay's Victoria Street.

Rothesay-based housing association Fyne Homes is to receive a share of £1.69 million from the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund.

The association, which owns properties in Bute, Cowal, Mid Argyll and Kintyre, will be given £83,306 to help its tenants heat their homes more efficiently, thus reducing energy use, carbon emissions and fuel poverty levels.

The Climate Challenge Fund provides financial support for community groups to run projects to tackle climate change and help reduce their community’s carbon footprint.

Climate change minister Dr Aileen McLeod said: “Climate change impacts on every person on the planet and I know that the projects announced today will make a real and lasting difference at a local level.

“We all have our part to play in tackling climate change and I welcome the efforts being made by hundreds of communities the length and breadth of Scotland to tackle the impacts of a changing climate within their areas.

“Since the fund was established in 2008, we have invested £66.3 million in 756 community projects. Due to unprecedented demand for support, the fund is now closed to new applications.

“We will now review the success of the fund and consider how we can continue to support communities and our transition to a low carbon Scotland in future.”