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Grants of up to £5,600 available for insulation and other home improvements

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 9 December 2014 at 10:35 am

STOP PRESS: the £24m available for solid wall insulation ran out after a day and a half.

Get your skates on! Up to £30m of grants is available with a new release of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF). This next tranche of funding will open to new applications tomorrow (9am on Wednesday 10 December 2014). The first phase of the scheme ran out in six weeks, so it's worth acting quickly. 

The good news is that this is just part one of the second phase. There is a total of £100m available and it will be released quarterly (next release expected in February 2015). So if you're not ready to apply now, you can prepare for the next tranche. (This is a bit reminiscent of how solar grants worked in the days before the feed-in tariff!). 

You can apply for up to £5,600 (available to households in England and Wales) to help with the cost of installing energy saving measures such as solid wall insulation, double glazing, boilers, cavity wall and floor insulation. (There's a green homes cashback scheme in Scotland, which currently has no money, but you can ask to be on the waiting list in case more appears).

The £30 million will be split into two categories:

- Up to £24 million for solid wall insulation;

- Up to £6 million for two measures from this list of home improvements available under the scheme:

  • Cavity wall insulation
  • Condensing mains gas boiler
  • Secondary glazing
  • Double/triple glazing (replacement single glazing)
  • Flat roof insulation
  • Replacement warm air unit
  • Fan-assisted storage heaters
  • Energy efficient replacement doors
  • Floor insulation
  • Room-in-roof insulation
  • Waste water heat recovery

Once the funding under each category has been committed, no more applications will be taken for that category – though applications will still be taken for the other category if funds are still available.

Each household can apply for: 

- up to £4,000 for installing solid wall insulation (can't be more than 67% of the cost);

- up to £1,000 for installing two measures from the list above;

- up to £100 refunded for their Green Deal Assessment (this is only as part of a successful application);

- up to £500 more if applying within 12 months of buying a new home.

To complete the two-stage application process for a voucher, householders will need:

A Green Deal Advice Report (GDAR) or Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) that is less than two years old

A quote from a GDHIF registered installer or provider for work specified on the GDAR or EPC and included on the list of GDHIF approved measures

Proof of property ownership (for landlords/undertakings only)

We strongly encourage you to get more than one quote, particularly if you are having expensive work done, to make sure you get the best deal available. And, it's best not to sign a contract on the day of a sales visit.

More information about how to apply to the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund.

Voucher payment claims will be accepted from 12th January 2015, with payments for successful claims likely to take up to 20 working days. To submit a voucher claim for payment, you will need to:

- Have the improvements installed by a Green Deal Installer or Provider registered with the scheme;

- Redeem your voucher before it expires via the claims process set out on the terms and conditions. The voucher must be completed and countersigned by the Green Deal Installer or Provider – with copies of the invoice(s) and, if appropriate, the Green Deal Assessment Report invoice

Have met the scheme’s terms and conditions

You cannot apply for GDHIF if you are already getting money back for the same improvements through other schemes eg the Energy Company Obligation, Green Deal Communities, Green Deal Cashback or the first release of GDHIF.

Landlords and tenants can apply for the scheme provided they are paying for the improvements themselves. 

Photo: National Insulation Association

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EnergySavingGrants.orgComment left on: 19 May 2017 at 9:25 am

This was a very generous grant scheme. Unfortunately the scheme was abused by a small number of insulation installers and the scheme has not been replaced.

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