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Getting Grants From Your Council

By: Kelly Fenn - Updated: 11 Apr 2021 | 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 live in wales ... do I qualify for any money off new windows. They are over 10 years old.
Dana - 8-Apr-21 @ 1:10 PM
Hi. Can you please advise me if I am elegible for new double glazed Windows and doors as I am in child tax credit s And my windows are older than 10 years Regards
Renita - 2-Apr-21 @ 1:36 PM
Could you advice me plz my double glazing is 20 plus years old and are steaming up and some are broken and let in lots of drafts and noise I receive universal credits as I am ill I also revive pip I live in scarborough how can I get help please many thanks
Sandy - 31-Mar-21 @ 2:00 PM
My double glazing windows and door are more that 30 years old. I currently getting child and working tax credits. Can i get any grant to replacement them
Nad - 28-Mar-21 @ 9:11 AM
Im working and have tax credits but the windows in my flat are 35yrs old and 15 yrs old can i get them replaced
Sid - 8-Mar-21 @ 6:10 PM
Hi I am 60 year old in full time employment staying with my daughter with 2 kids on tax credits would I be able to get help for replacement windows as they are over 25 years old
Jill - 24-Feb-21 @ 8:25 AM
I’m 78 and my windows are single glaze and rotten and 45 plus years I’m disabled and they are very cold I’m on very low incomebenefit and attendance allowance can I get any free new windows they are falling apart Any help
Dave - 18-Feb-21 @ 12:47 AM
I am a carer for Sharon Spencer and she needs double glazed windows but we have got no money what happens
Sharon Spencer - 16-Feb-21 @ 4:50 PM
Could I have double glazing I'm a carer for
Sharon Spencer - 16-Feb-21 @ 4:42 PM
My windows are over25 years old single glaze in 68 years old disabled im on benefit s
Rosielee - 20-Jan-21 @ 11:27 AM
My windows are over 25 year old they are all misting up and the catch on 2 are broken all together I am 71 years old I do qualify for a grant but is there a one for windows I was told it stopped in 2015 is this true
I - 14-Dec-20 @ 3:58 AM
Hi my windows Nd replace worn away wood and draught coming in I am on universal credit can I get help replacing the windows and wer from if I can
Abby - 13-Dec-20 @ 7:24 PM
Our double glazing is now over 25 years old and the glazed units are misting up, and letting in draughts so they have lost their insulating properties. Is there any aid or grants available in order to replacement of these units. My partner and I are currently in receipt of Universal Credit benefit. We live in County Durham, DH3 Thank You
Ant - 7-Dec-20 @ 1:42 PM
Im on benefits and my windows are 30 years old just wondering if there was any help i could get
Tigger - 1-Dec-20 @ 3:15 PM
can old blown double glazed windows be replaced under the scheme? also old double glazed door and solid door which let in draughts in leeds england
id - 24-Nov-20 @ 7:59 PM
My mother is 84 and is on pension credit. A few of her windows are single glazed and so is her front door which is very drafty. The other windows, which are double glazed, are over 25 years old and in need of replacing. She has no savings and needs them replaced. Is there any help which she can get?
Chris - 17-Nov-20 @ 7:53 PM
Hi I'm on a low income under £800 before deductions a month. A single occupant homeowner with no dependant children. Outgoing after mortgage and utilities left with just over £60 a month to live on so not qualify for any benifit. My doors and damaging my floor and window leaking, single glazed window in bathroom cannot open so no vent, bedroom window falls off when wind blows si tie it down. How is it the government says everyone is entitled to a grant and investing in people to make their homes greener when only pick and choose who's quality. Grimsby do not seem to have registered green grant installers. One trade company said to me they are staying clear of this government scheme. Can anyone advise or have any idea why this grant is so hard to apply for as I am desperate to get some help as my home is very cold and pointless switching on the gas as it never solves the heating problems.
Zal - 24-Oct-20 @ 7:14 AM
Hi is there anyway of getting grants for doors and windows as I am classed as being disabled as my double glazed windows and doors are over 25years old and are useless all they do is stop rain getting in Thanks
Ga131078 - 23-Oct-20 @ 11:42 AM
BO PEEP - 21-Oct-20 @ 2:19 PM
My double glazed windows are 29 years old. They no longer do what they are meant to full of drafts and condensation between the glass so you cannot see out with three of them. I’m on benefits not working and have three children under 16 two have asthma. Is there any help I can get to replace these as the new government grant seems to be untrue to help me.
Babs - 21-Oct-20 @ 9:52 AM
My Double glazing is now over 25 years old and the glazed units are misting up, I would think they have lost their insulating properties, Is there any aid or grants to enable one to consider the replacement of these units. Thank You Wbarnes
oxoman - 15-Oct-20 @ 7:32 PM
My windows are old all drought comes in home does not stay warm for long I’ve got 3 children younger 1 is 6 am I entitled to window Sceam Grant I’m on working tax credit
Sobia - 12-Oct-20 @ 8:19 PM
My window are old and they leak I’m disable and my home is so draughty and damp though the windows
Carter - 9-Oct-20 @ 6:17 AM
I am ninety and mywife is 85 . I suffer with diabetes and my wife has emphysema. The windows are very draughty, some window frames are rotted, and we have to have the heating on all day. Can we get a grant for replacement windows?
buddyboy - 6-Oct-20 @ 5:19 PM
Hi I am I need of new windows as the ones I got are old and really no good can I get a grant for this and if so where do I apply
Shaky - 5-Oct-20 @ 7:35 PM
Hi my double glazing has failed, i have been told my windows mist up like there is dump in between the glass, also i have black muld around the window frames.I also need the old external upvc fascia as the gab leting the cold in, so i would need an advise if iam entitled for the government scheme. Thank you
D.T - 5-Oct-20 @ 2:27 PM
I am a private tenant , and I need Two windows replaced, would I be able to get a grant towards the cost?
Maggie - 5-Oct-20 @ 10:57 AM
Please can you advise me i am 61 on a low income and homeowner. I am in need of a new front door as this is loose and letting in drafts. Can you tell me if I am entitled to a grant please, thanks Mrs l galloway
Lorry - 1-Oct-20 @ 9:04 PM
I too am a 76 year old pensioner with double glazing windows that are misting up. I have been told the sealing has gone. Is the government helping us to replace these under the climate change scheme? I've noticed no one has had any replies to their questions here!
Wyvres - 21-Sep-20 @ 5:56 PM
I am 73 years old, my double glazing has failed I have been told, my windows mist up like there is damp in between the glass, also I have black mold around the window frames, would I be entitled to a grant
A - 20-Sep-20 @ 11:50 AM
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