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Getting Grants From Your Council

By: Kelly Fenn - Updated: 8 Oct 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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marie lang - Your Question:
Please can you get back to me I need some new radiators at least 4 and a small bathroom one.I'm a pensioner on pension credit.it's getting very cold now and I have to keep warm

Our Response:
We don't give grants here unfortunately. You should ask at your local council. They should be able to tell you what help is available for pensioners. You may be able to get additional help with your heating under the Warm Home Discount Scheme the The Cold Weather payment or the Winter Fuel Payment scheme
EnergySavingSecrets - 9-Oct-17 @ 1:01 PM
Please can you get back to me I need some new radiators at least 4 and a small bathroom one....I'm a pensioner on pension credit ...it's getting very cold now and I have to keep warm
marie lang - 8-Oct-17 @ 8:35 AM
Mill 7 - Your Question:
Hi I'm on esa support and pip. The cold weather really effects my disability, I was wondering if there is any grants available for new radiators Mine are so old and leaking. I am dreading this winter, I also have two children. Thank you

Our Response:
The Disabled Facilities Grant can cover the provision of suitable heating for your needs. You need to contact your local council to see whether you are eligible for this grant.
EnergySavingSecrets - 14-Sep-17 @ 2:17 PM
Hi I'm on esa support and pip. The cold weather really effects my disability, I was wondering if there is any grants available for new radiators Mine are so old and leaking. I am dreading this winter, I also have two children.Thank you
Mill 7 - 13-Sep-17 @ 10:43 AM
Looking for help with double glazing for my home as my windows are over 20 years old.
Derek Scott - 30-Aug-17 @ 9:28 PM
Hi. My husband and I and our 3 children have recently moved to a house in the Kirkintilloch area. We are homeowners and are looking to see if there are any grants available in the area for home improvements. The boiler is a very old Baxi boiler and to have hot water for dishes/showers etc we need to switch on an immerser switch. The existing boiler could well be the original boiler of the house, which was built in the 1930s. Also we have old sash windows which are single glazed. With the winter fast approaching we were wondering if we would be entitled to any grants to help in any way.
Angie - 22-Aug-17 @ 3:18 PM
My central heating boiler is nearing the end of it's useful life. It is a baxi boiler and is about 10 years old.My mother is 89 and has been diagnosed with dementia.She lives with me and has done for the last 9 years.I live in myown home in South Lanarkshire.Are there any local or national grants available to assist replacing my central heating boiler.I am nearly 63 years old and retired two years ago
KATHRYN CLARKE - 12-Aug-17 @ 11:47 PM
Teresa- Your Question:
Hi wonder if can you help or sign post me? My daughter lives in her own home and her windows are old and need renewed they are really bad and quite dangerous as the frames are rotten windows are at 30 years old. She has not been well for a number of years with severe depression and is on benefits. there is a mortgage on her house which we help her to pay. We can't afford to replace windows and wonder if there is any help available by way of grants or loans that she could apply for? She lives in Paisley Scotland? Can you get back to me with any advice? Thanks Teresa Pieraccini

Our Response:
There are very few grants available for this kind of thing, but if you try the Turn 2 Us grants search tool you can search in your own area for specific grants, charities etc. It might also be worth contacting your local council to see whether it offers any home improvement or renovation grants (though, be aware that not many do nowadays).
EnergySavingSecrets - 6-Jun-17 @ 12:47 PM
Hi wonder if can you help or sign post me? My daughter lives in her own home and her windows are old and need renewed they are really bad and quite dangerous as the frames are rotten windows are at 30 years old. She has not been well for a number of years with severe depression and is on benefits.... there is a mortgage on her house which we help her to pay. We can'tafford to replace windows and wonder if there is any help available by way of grants or loans that she could apply for? She lives in Paisley Scotland? Can you get back to me with any advice? Thanks Teresa Pieraccini
Teresa - 3-Jun-17 @ 7:14 PM
my mothers house is in disrepair and she cant afford to do all the jobs that need doing. the main issue is her windows and doors they are really poor, and the house is damp and draughty,are there any grants available for homeowners ?
bob - 31-May-17 @ 12:53 AM
I am on pension credit garentered and need new radiators my home is so cold and I can't afford to buy..my budget is to low ..I have arthritis and inyou legs because of the draughts..please can you get back to me.
maz - 29-May-17 @ 11:12 PM
Hello I own my own home and have 3 young children. I'm on income support and receive tax credits. Would there be any council assistance with my front and back Doors which desperately need replacing the wood is so rotten the bottom step is cracking and falling away from the door and you can hear this process happening daily by loud creaks
Babs - 10-May-17 @ 11:10 PM
I am 64 own my small 2 bedroom end terrace house. I get state pension and work 3 days a week. I earn with pension 13.000 a year. I have no central heating and have chronic arthritis. Iv had a knee replacement which wasn't really succeed plus in need of other knee replacement. I live on my own and have 2 gas fires for all my home. What grant could I get to install this. I don't know how much longer I can carry on working but will continue as long as I can.
Gilly - 3-May-17 @ 10:55 AM
Hi I recently moved into 1 bedroom bungalow and the front door is draught old not insulated leads into bedroom and bathroom I suffer arthritis and live on top of a hill my health as deteriated since moving ere council agree but refuse to do anything is there any other help
Tominator - 22-Apr-17 @ 11:15 AM
There are grants available for central heating and boilers and also room in roof grants. These are based on income and benefits.
Luksta - 4-Apr-17 @ 4:53 PM
I am in receipt of contribution based esa and pips. I can no longer work due to the damage to my spine from a blood cancer.I need to replace 6 windows and a door as they are very draughty and old. Are there any grants (devon),
Rob - 25-Mar-17 @ 11:31 PM
Anniev - Your Question:
I have arthritis and bowel problems for which I receivePIP. ARE THERE ANY GRANTS FOR RE-roofing available in Wirral, Merseyside?

Our Response:
Re-roofing grants are virtually non-existent now. It would be worth asking your local council if there are any home improvement grants available in your area.
EnergySavingSecrets - 13-Mar-17 @ 11:31 AM
I have arthritis and bowel problems for which I receivePIP. ARE THERE ANY GRANTS FOR RE-roofing available in Wirral, Merseyside?
Anniev - 10-Mar-17 @ 11:49 AM
Good afternoon. I'm 65 years old I had bought my one bedroom flat in June 1999 in Barkingside ILford unfortunately as a London Licensed Black cab driver at the time I had to sell my property to rent it back in May 2007 Due to medical condition stopping me working as a London cabby. As of that time until this present day I have a fantastic Landlord hes more like a friend than a landlord I'm now drawing my pension via pension credit and housing benefits pays direct to my landlord as I arranged years ago which works very well. My Landlord has unfortunately approached the council against my instructions which were!!... just install dble glazing as no plans or permission is required.but as he informed them they now say he needs to apply for planning permission for it and now its frightend him off to install it Is there anything else I can do to have this sorted out as I have have checked this as you do not need any planning permission as its not council property.
joe - 7-Mar-17 @ 4:48 PM
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
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