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Getting Grants From Your Council

By: Kelly Fenn - Updated: 16 Feb 2017 | 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.

England
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.

Wales
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.

Scotland
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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Hi I wonder if anyone can help me, my boiler was fitted ten years ago and my radiators were fitted forty years ago. I'm looking for done help/advice on getting a new boiler and new radiators. I'm from a low income family so would only be able to fund part th installations. Are there any grants available for such things as new boiler and new radiators, my radiators fo really need replacing and we just can't afford to do it, any help would be much appreciated. Thanks. My concerns were raised when I realised I was going to be one a grandfather, so I'll have a baby in my house as my daoghter still lives at home.
Andy - 16-Feb-17 @ 2:02 PM
Des - Your Question:
Our local council have just completed an improvement scheme in our area on all there propeies, new roofs pointng, and more, my roof is in need of replacment it is now leaking water when it rains, can we obtain a grant towards the cost, some scheme or other, we are pensioners ,plus it looks shabby after the 2 social houses next to us have nice new roofs, Thank You

Our Response:
There are very few grants available for roof improvements nowadays but the Turn2Us grants search facility might show something.
EnergySavingSecrets - 14-Feb-17 @ 12:13 PM
Hi im 26 and recive esa i live in a 1 bed house with contour ive had multipe problems with the house as it wont get warm and keep getting mold contour have been and done bits here and there but do not do cavity wall insulation witch i think my property needs as its the end house i can have my heating on full and fire and all the heat will escspe the walls are freezing its like being sat inside of a fridge i suffer with depression anxiety and fibromialiga and its taking its tole on me as im constantly gettimg ill is there any charities out there that can help with this as im at my braking point especially in this weather its just to cold! Thanks
canty - 13-Feb-17 @ 3:30 PM
Our local council have just completed an improvement scheme in our area on all there propeies, new roofs pointng, and more, my roof is in need of replacment it is now leaking water when it rains, can we obtain a grant towards the cost, some scheme or other, we are pensioners ,plus it looks shabby after the 2 social houses next to us have nice new roofs, Thank You
Des - 13-Feb-17 @ 9:20 AM
Hi I work full-time I'm on no benefits but on a low income, I have a mortgage and every bill that goes along with a mortgage, so I have very little left from my Salary, I desperately need to change from oil to gas, as my oil boiler is now leaking and I'm having on-going problems with it I have been told it is a hazard.I would be entitled to a grant of £1,000.00 but need another £1,200.00 to get the gas installed, but like I said I have very little of my salary left to take a loan out for the extra £1,200.00.Would there be any schemes that I would be entitled to getting the Gas installed completely free.My Oil burner is over 15 years old and in very poor condition.Any advice you could give me would be greatly appreciated. Many Thanks
Lisa - 9-Feb-17 @ 2:50 PM
Martin Robbins - Your Question:
Hi there. me and my girlfriend are home owners with a mortgage. she is working bt I am registered blind and claiming benefits ( esa and dla). Our windows are single pained and wood framed with some cracks, this results in condensation and mold on them.is there any grants or ways of us getting help to replace then to a more energy saving double glazing units ? Many thanks martin

Our Response:
There aren't many grants for this kind of thing nowadays, but if your girl friend is on a low income and you're registed blind, you may be able to find some kind of contribution. The Turn2US website has search facilities to help you look for individual benefits and grants depending on your circumstances.
EnergySavingSecrets - 6-Feb-17 @ 11:19 AM
I am a 21yr old student who own my flat in Glasgow ,which has no central heating and no double glazing at the moment, what are my options for grant to install either of these
Lorz - 5-Feb-17 @ 9:06 PM
I'm on a low income ,I work full time and have a mortgage I have old storage heaters would I be able to get help with new central heating
Janet58 - 5-Feb-17 @ 9:49 AM
Hi there .. me and my girlfriend are home owners with a mortgage.she is working bt I am registered blind and claiming benefits( esa and dla). Our windows are single painedand wood framed with some cracks, this results in condensation and mold on them .is there any grants or ways of us getting help to replace then to a more energy saving double glazing units ? Many thanks martin
Martin Robbins - 3-Feb-17 @ 2:56 PM
I am part owner with a housing associationcan I get a grant for radiatorsale plus I have to paint the outside of my house under the agreementcan I get help with this.
Rosie - 30-Jan-17 @ 3:16 PM
hi is there anyway i could get help with my damp course falure its the whole of my downstairs rooms nearly foot high had it looked at worst they had seen i cannot afford to have it done getting chest infections all the time and house is so cold . kind regards karen cecchini
kaz - 23-Jan-17 @ 5:49 PM
What help can I get to help install new radiotrs have but very old don't work proper
Marie - 23-Jan-17 @ 10:56 AM
My shared ownership home was built in 2003 with trusses exposed during build in bad weather. All 9 windows are wood framed with gaps and double glazed. Front door & frame wood and rear French doors pan across the whole of the living room with ill fitting wood door & frame. I have a 7 year old with various conditions that are known to the energy suppliers and a 14 year old with chronic asthma when a flare up occurs. I'm paying on average £50 pw on gas and electric through my prepaid meters. I don't claim benefits apart from child tax & working tax credit and have two jobs accumulating to 31 hrs worked.do I qualify for a window and door replacement grant??
Linny - 23-Jan-17 @ 10:48 AM
Our windows are in desperate need of replacing or repairing all condensed on the inside.Are there any grants or help schemes for people on esa disability and carer's allowance available?
Sue - 16-Jan-17 @ 10:07 PM
Are there any help schemes for double glazing for people claiming esadisability and care'ers allowance. Our windows are in desperate need all condensed inside
Sue - 16-Jan-17 @ 10:03 PM
HII am 63 my husbandis 70 i am on p i ppensionandpensioncredit we need new windowsdodoubleglazedhas we onily have single glazed
jane - 15-Jan-17 @ 7:42 PM
Hi i am wonderingif i am eligiblefor new windowsi have old windows singleglazedwe are both retired i have severel disabilitys we are also on pensioncredit
jane - 15-Jan-17 @ 7:35 PM
Hi my mum is 64 and currently has not central heating in her home she is currently using small electric boiler heaters to heat her home. Would she be eligible for a grant to try and get central heating installed?
Tan - 14-Jan-17 @ 11:11 AM
Very informative blog. aware people about grants
LEBConstruction - 5-Jan-17 @ 10:49 PM
HI there! I rent a property and I am out of work at the moment, struggling to pay the electricity and gas bills. I live in the outskirts of Cambridge and I was wondering if I can get funding to have solar panels installed in the property, even though I'm not the owner. It would help me so much. Let me know.
Beth - 17-Dec-16 @ 5:37 PM
Hi I live in my own home and work part time. I am have fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis however I don't claim any disability benefits. I would like to know if there is any help I can get with any of the following areas: underpinning, requiring, repairing roof and replacing the windows (currently original sash which is romantic but cold, drafty and don't lock. I live in a mid terrace that was built in 1903. I always tried to keep on top of the house but as my health deteriorates this is has become almost impossible for me. The walls are damp, bathroom freezing, it's drafty and cold. It's not safe as the downstairs windows don't lock and I'm here alone. And the crack in the wall / ceilings are getting bigger I'm not sure what to do I tend to stay in bed when not at work as it's cold and drafty everywhere else unless I have the heating on. I can't get a loan as I am already in debt..
M4gg3e - 26-Nov-16 @ 8:52 AM
Steely - Your Question:
Hi I live in my own property I am a full time carer for my son who is 20 I recieve career and income support and child tax my full heating system is broke am I eligible for help

Our Response:
You could try calling the Carers UK help line on 0808 8087777 or check the Turn2Us grant search
EnergySavingSecrets - 24-Nov-16 @ 12:38 PM
Hi I live in my own property I am a full time carer for my son who is 20 I recieve career and income support and child tax my full heating system is broke am I eligible for help
Steely - 23-Nov-16 @ 5:50 PM
Pammie - Your Question:
HiI'm 36 year old woman who lives on her own and I am on ESA. my windows in my house have all blown by one so can't ever get to see out of them with all the condensation 24 hours. Is there any kind of grant I could get to get these done as it makes the house so much colder. Thank you.

Our Response:
Do you own your own home? If not, task the landlord with getting your windows upgraded. There are not many grants available for windows at all especially now that the Green Deal is no longer in existence. You should ask at your local council and also try the Turn 2 Us website
EnergySavingSecrets - 15-Nov-16 @ 10:58 AM
Hi I'm 36 year old woman who lives on her own and I am on ESA. my windows in my house have all blown by one so can't ever get to see out of them with all the condensation 24 hours. Is there any kind of grant I could get to get these done as it makes the house so much colder. Thank you.
Pammie - 14-Nov-16 @ 1:50 AM
Hi,I live in Hull,recently moved in with my partner in a council house where he has lived for around 8 years,the windows are terrible and are full of condensation first thing on a morning,and they drop off the window ledge onto the carpet,don't make any difference if the Windows opened or not and the back bedroom one is draughty and noisy,it's such a cold house also with it been a corner plot it's terrible in the winter,and the heating costs are crazy,does anyone know if we can get any new double glazed Windows or anything?
Steph - 4-Nov-16 @ 8:35 PM
Do you help people in housing ass? I'm a single mother to a 18 year old schoolar and 13 month old baby I'm in receipt of bennifits income support and child tax credit I have saved astma several hospital trips already this last 3 months ,suffer from hidradenitis suppurativs and have a low immune system...my flat is gf 2 bed Victorian and terribly built plaster board walls ....single glazed widow it'salways cold and at apoint where it's chooseto heat or eat :-( association dosent seem to want to know at my wits end regards
kaz - 1-Nov-16 @ 6:14 PM
I am a 51 year old lady with secondary multiple sclerosis.i am in a rented accommodation, which is cold and damp, can I get any help with damp proof and loft insulation ?
Suetrecy - 27-Oct-16 @ 2:44 PM
I'm in Scotland and in receipt of tax credit with a disability component. I own my home and have no dependant children under 16. Would I qualify for any help replacing front and back doors ? Thank you.
Cub - 22-Oct-16 @ 7:25 PM
Good afternoon, I am 60 years old and have a diagnosis of COPD, I also look after my grandson who is 13yrs and have just applied to foster his half brother due to mum passing away in May. Could you tell me if I can apply for a grant for central heating. Iwork 21 hours.
Milo - 17-Oct-16 @ 1:48 PM
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    Re: Getting Grants From Your Council
    Hi I wonder if anyone can help me, my boiler was fitted ten years ago and my radiators were fitted forty years ago. I'm…
    16 February 2017
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    Re: Getting Grants From Your Council
    Des - Your Question:Our local council have just completed an improvement scheme in our area on all there propeies, new roofs…
    14 February 2017
  • canty
    Re: Getting Grants From Your Council
    Hi im 26 and recive esa i live in a 1 bed house with contour ive had multipe problems with the house as it wont get warm and…
    13 February 2017
  • Des
    Re: Getting Grants From Your Council
    Our local council have just completed an improvement scheme in our area on all there propeies, new roofs pointng, and more,…
    13 February 2017
  • Lisa
    Re: Getting Grants From Your Council
    Hi I work full-time I'm on no benefits but on a low income, I have a mortgage and every bill that goes along with a mortgage,…
    9 February 2017
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    Re: Getting Grants From Your Council
    Martin Robbins - Your Question:Hi there. me and my girlfriend are home owners with a mortgage. she is working bt I am…
    6 February 2017
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    Re: Getting Grants From Your Council
    I am a 21yr old student who own my flat in Glasgow ,which has no central heating and no double glazing at the moment, what…
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    Re: Getting Grants From Your Council
    I'm on a low income ,I work full time and have a mortgage I have old storage heaters would I be able to get help with new…
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    Re: Getting Grants From Your Council
    Hi there .. me and my girlfriend are home owners with a mortgage. she is working bt I am registered blind and claiming…
    3 February 2017
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    I am part owner with a housing association can I get a grant for radiatorsale plus I have to paint the outside of my house…
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