Earlier this year, the government announced two new funding schemes to support retrofitting housing: the Green Homes Grant and the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund Demonstrator. Both schemes are now open for applications.
The government have published details on how to apply for Green Homes Grant vouchers on their website.
Green Home Grants provide funding to support home energy efficiency improvements. Only certain improvements qualify for funding. As a minimum, improvements must include measures that improve insulation and/or deliver low carbon heating, such as the installation of heat pumps or solar thermal. Homeowners, including private and social landlords, can apply for two thirds of the cost of improvements with grants capped at £5,000. Social landlords can bid for funding to retrofit a number of properties (up to a maximum of Euro 200,000).
Builders, plumbers and other tradespeople will have to register for TrustMark or be Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) accredited in order to take part in the scheme.
The scheme is open until the end of March 2021. This means vouchers must be redeemed and work completed by 31 March 2021.
The government are now inviting applications for funding from the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund Demonstrator on their website.
Up to £50m of funding is available to retrofit social housing, using a whole house retrofit approach, with energy efficiency products such as floor and wall insulation and low carbon heating.
Applications must be led by local authorities, but can include local authority-led consortia which comprise housing associations.
The deadline for the submission of proposals is 12 November 2020.