Heating grants, which are available in Scotland, England and Wales, are grants that are meant to help pay not only for heating expenses, but also to cover the costs of improving your insulation which helps reduce heat costs and reduces energy use.
There are technically two different grants:
Warm Front is a government package for those over the age of sixty that own their own home (or rent from a private owner). The grant provides up to 4,000 pounds to improve the heating of your home.
The Warm Deal for Scotland is less money (500 pounds) and is slightly more difficult to qualify for. You must have one of a list of qualifications, including income support, family credit, disability living allowances, working tax credit or some other form of assistance.
For the Warm Deal grant, if you are over the age of 60 but do not qualify, you can still get a grant of up to 125 pounds.
Also in Scotland is what is known as the Central Heating Program - rather than a grant, the government will pay to install insulation into your home if you are over the age of 60, and if you are over the age of 80 you may qualify for a complete heating overhaul.
Like the heating grants, there are grants available for improving the way your home receives its energy. This is one of a number of "Green grants" designed to encourage people to improve energy usage of your homes. The Warm Front grant is a part of the energy grants, but there are also local council grants that you can qualify for if you are on a fixed income.
The goal for both these and the heating grants is to both use energy more efficiently as well as keep the elderly safe and healthy during the cold winter months.