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Getting Grants From Your Council

By: Kelly Fenn - Updated: 9 Aug 2020 | comments*Discuss
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You can make your home more energy efficient in many different ways from smaller jobs like switching to energy saving light bulbs to bigger jobs such as double-glazing, an energy efficient boiler or insulation. These larger projects will save you more energy – and money - in the long run, but the outgoing costs in the short term can often put off even the most eco-conscious of homeowners. This is where getting a grant from your local council to help with the costs of the work can really assist – as well as adding pounds to your property’s value.

But obtaining a grant from your council isn’t easy, particularly when most people don’t know what’s actually available to them. Each area and council has different schemes available to their residents, so you should always check with your council directly. However we have come up with some basics to help you become more energy efficient in the home with energy efficiency and other grants.

Types of Grants

Most energy efficiency grants are actually provided by central government funds, but applications are made at a local level through your council. Firstly, you should decide on the type of project you’re interested in doing to improve your home’s energy efficiency. Generally speaking, the following projects could have funding available:
  • Cavity wall insulation
  • Loft insulation and draught proofing
  • Heating
  • Appliances
  • Energy saving light bulbs
  • Micro renewable energy sources
  • Radiator panels

Finding out what’s Available

The type of grant you apply for depends on the area you live in. Below are a few examples.

The Warm Front Grant provides a package of insulation and energy efficient heating measures up to a maximum value of £2,700. The grant is available to the over 60s in receipt of some form of income or other benefit, or homeowners with children under 16 in the house also in receipt of a state benefit.

The Home Energy Efficiency Scheme could make up to £5,000 available to transform your home into a greener, more eco-friendly property. The same rules apply as with England’s Warm Front grant.

Under the Warm Deal programme, homeowners receiving some form of income or housing benefit, or the over 60s, have £500 available from central funds to spend on insulation to keep their homes warmer and more energy efficient.

Northern Ireland
The Warm Homes grant provides a package of energy efficiency and heating measures up to the value of £850. Energy efficiency advice and guidance is tailored to each household. The scheme is aimed at owner-occupiers and people who rent their homes from private landlords.

Local Schemes
There are often local schemes available that give you a particular benefit – such as a rebate on your council tax in return for Installing Insulation in your home. If in doubt about what is available, contact your council’s local energy efficiency or sustainability department, or check local media for the latest offers, particularly as it draws closer to winter.

Energy Saving Trust
The Energy Saving Trust is a non-profit organisation, funded both by government and the private sector, set up to address climate change issues. For information and advice on energy efficiency issues, and to see if you’re eligible for any local grant schemes through them, you can call their helpline on 0800 512 012 to speak to a local advisor.

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I am now working from home due to the pandemic im having to use my conservatory as an office would the grant help cover a new roof to stop it over heating and me having to use fans or being too cold in the winter and using electric heaters?
Dinny - 9-Aug-20 @ 11:41 PM
could we get a grant to have a proper roof on our conservatory when we both work?
Jane Winfield - 7-Aug-20 @ 9:10 AM
Hi I get disability payment would I be entitledto new Windows. Thank you .
Sooty - 7-Aug-20 @ 9:06 AM
I am a disabled pensionerhave my own house ihave old wooden windows that are no good would i be entitled to new windows
Den - 6-Aug-20 @ 8:01 PM
Is External wall insulation included in the list of energy saving in The Green Energy Grant Scheme available from September 2020 please
GG - 6-Aug-20 @ 7:52 PM
Hello, I wanted to install new conservatory in my home. I live in Leigh , we come under wigan council . I have a small child . Can I get any grant from the government?
Jo - 5-Aug-20 @ 10:56 PM
I have some wood windows and some damaged double glazing doors and windows and on low income on tax credits can I get help
Mo - 5-Aug-20 @ 8:00 PM
I need help with double glazing as the house is much colder.
Jazz - 5-Aug-20 @ 5:34 AM
I need new Windows in my conservatory door as they are a mess do I qualify for a grant
Mal - 1-Aug-20 @ 12:47 AM
I have PMR Diabeticalso rare form of bowel cancer and have a stoma fitted need warm cant do very much now .my wife and I have lived in our house for 30 years and needs up keepingwe have a leak near the chimney could do with a new roof and windows .we r on benifits my wife has become my carer ,can we get a grant for these things through the council .we have heard the government was talking about a scheme starting in September.
Mickey - 31-Jul-20 @ 6:36 PM
Does anyone of of any Grant's for double glazing
Pd - 31-Jul-20 @ 4:52 PM
Hello, I wanted to install new conservatory in my home. I live in Basingstoke with small child. Do I get any grant from the government? Also if i wanted convert my loft into bed room will government grant help towards it?
Amritman Gurung - 24-Jul-20 @ 9:49 AM
Hi does anyone know of grants to insulate my conservatory I am 64 and have MS. My conservatory roof is roughly 18sq metre’s. I live near Coventry. My mobility is poor and would like to sit/utilise my conservatory a lot more. Regards Jon
Tico - 18-Jul-20 @ 3:08 PM
Are there currently any grants or help to get double glazing? My house is 25 years old
Me - 18-Jul-20 @ 10:56 AM
Hi I need help for to replace my 2 doors and windows. I don't have any money. Me and my husband is diabetic. I feel very cold in winter. Ineed grant to helpthe replace my windows and doors pls.
Rashi - 17-Jul-20 @ 12:29 AM
Want new doors and windows any help young children
Klm - 16-Jul-20 @ 1:26 PM
I need my electric cooker installing, but cannot afford an electrician. Is there any help for this. I have a child too.
Shaz - 15-Jul-20 @ 9:13 AM
Is there any chanceto get somethingfor small front door porch?
Ilona - 9-Jul-20 @ 9:45 PM
Under the new scheme would it be possible to get a frant to help towards replacing the conservatory roof for a more energy efficient tiled roof thats insulated.
Rob S - 8-Jul-20 @ 4:19 PM
I have old wooden conservatory that is in very bad condition it’s only single glazed and is very cold in the winter also when it rains the roof leaks myself and my husband get pip he as COPD and I have mobility problems could I get help with a grant
Eviegirl13 - 8-Jul-20 @ 2:50 PM
I have a old wooden conservatory that is only single glazed and in very bad condition I get pip so does my husband as he’s got COPD it’s very cold in the winter could I get help with a grant to help me replace it
Eviegirl13 - 8-Jul-20 @ 2:44 PM
I am disabled and my husband as COPD we have old wooden conservatory that is in very bad condition it’s only single glazed and it’s very coldI receive pip so does my husband could get a grant to help replace it
Eviegirl13 - 8-Jul-20 @ 2:31 PM
Pleasecould youhelpmefor new doors 6 windows andinstalling
MAL - 7-Jul-20 @ 10:07 AM
I neednew doorsand windowsmybackdoordoes notlockand mywindowsareverydraftyandleaking
MAL - 7-Jul-20 @ 10:03 AM
Hi I'm on esa and, pip. Is there any help, to be considered for a replacement back door it's wooden amd at bottom has wore, a relative has patched it for time being, but the gap it still blows in when cold and wet. On low income. I wouldt beable to afford a door. I have double glazing which have been in years and are quite worn my main concern is back door kind regards
Jay - 5-Jul-20 @ 3:37 PM
i need free money grant please1000 door and window
Abdul - 1-Jul-20 @ 9:01 PM
i need money for doors and window grant. free plz contact me 5000
Abdul - 1-Jul-20 @ 5:43 PM
hi i live in a flat is there any chance I cant get a upvc door fitted as I have disabilityand in esa and pip thanks
leeanne - 30-Jun-20 @ 1:27 AM
Are there grants available to update windows & doors with vents to help with condensation please? I am a single mum with two young children in receipt of universal credit. Many thanks.
Clara - 25-Jun-20 @ 12:39 PM
Hi, I am in receipt of full dwp benefits and registered disabled. Can I get a grant for a more energy efficient conservatory roof.
Lubylou - 19-Jun-20 @ 4:55 PM
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