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Green Homes Grant & Sustainable Warmth Fund

Working in partnership, Halton Council and the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority has secured £5.7 million from the government's Green Homes Grant scheme and Sustainable Warmth Fund. This will pay for work on improving the energy efficiency of around 570 homes in Halton to make them warmer, help cut carbon emissions and reduce energy costs.

Green Homes Grant (Local Authority Delivery)

This grant is now closed to new applications.

Sustainable Warmth Fund

Anticipated to open to new applications in June 2022

The Sustainable Warmth Fund will be available to help approximately 442 households within Halton. The scheme is anticipated to launch for new applications (via this webpage) in June 2022, with surveys and home improvement works commencing in early Summer 2022 with all work completed by March 2023.​

In advance of the formal launch, please see the frequently asked questions below:

Who is eligible?

The qualifying criteria is set by government. To apply for a grant you will need to meet the eligibility criteria listed below:

Household Income

The gross household income must be below £30,000 per year or below the Minimum Income Standard

Proof of income evidence will be requested to confirm eligibility this could include:

·       The last three months of payslips for each person who earns money in the household;

·       The last pension letter received for each person in the household;

·       Benefit award letters;

·       The last 3-months of bank statements for each household earner;

·       The last P60 for each household earner.

 

You can check if your household income is below the Minimum Income Standard via the Minimum Income Calculator

Energy Performance

The property should have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of E, F or G

You can check if your property has an Energy Performance Certificate rating at the Government EPC Finder

If the property doesn't have an EPC you can still apply.

Property Tenure

Homeowners and those living in private rental homes

For private rented properties, the landlord will be required to fund at least one third of the cost of upgrades.

If you are a private tenant, whilst you can discuss this with your landlord ahead of application, we can do this for you as part of the grant process.

Private landlords wishing to apply for the grant, should ensure they have discussed it with their tenants.

People living in homes that are owned and managed by a social landlord (such as Halton Housing) are not presently eligible to apply for this grant. The Govt. has a separate grant scheme called the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund, which is available to social landlords to apply to upgrade properties.

How does the grant process work?

A managing agent will be appointed by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and on behalf of the Local Authorities (including Halton Borough Council).

If you meet the eligibility criteria, the managing agent will arrange for an energy survey be carried out at your home.

If the survey finds that your property has an EPC of A, B, C or D your application will not progress.

The survey will also assess what home energy improvement measures are suitable for the property.

With your agreement, and subject to eligibility, the managing agent will arrange any home energy improvements works via approved contractors.

What home energy improvement measures are eligible for a grant?

The grant can be used for a number of home energy improvement measures including:

  • Cavity and solid wall insulation
  • Insulation for lofts and rooms-in-roofs and under floor insulation
  • Upgrading single-glazing with double glazing and new external doors
  • Alternative heating systems such as air source heat pumps
  • Solar photovoltaic (PV) electric panels

Grants for fossil fuel heating systems, such as gas boilers, are not available through the Suitable Warmth Fund.

How much is the grant for and do I have to contribute anything?

There are different amounts of funding available and different eligibility criteria. This depends on if your house is primarily heated by mains gas or by something else such as electric heaters, LPG, coal or oil.

For homes that are mains gas heated:

Owner-occupied (homeowners) will receive works up to the value of £10,000.

Private rented properties will receive a grant for up to the value of £5,000 with the landlord funding at least one third of the overall costs. The grant cannot be used to fund improvements to bring private rented properties up to Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) 2018 requirements, which is currently EPC Rating E.

For homes that are not heated by mains gas:

Owner-occupied (homeowners) will receive a grant of between £10,000 and £25,000. The grant received will be based on your EPC and fuel type.

For private rented properties, the landlord will be required to fund at least one third of the cost of upgrades. The grant cannot be used to fund improvements to bring private rented properties up to Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) 2018 requirements, which is currently EPC Rating E.

Further details will be published when the scheme is launched.

How and when can you apply?

The Council anticipate to launch the grant scheme to new applications in May 2022.

If we think you are eligible, you will be apply by completing an online eligibility and expression of interest form on this webpage. Please keep an eye on this webpage and also the Council’s social media.

It is anticipated that approximately 442 homes in Halton will be ​able to benefit from the grant. Please note any financial assistance is subject to meeting scheme qualifying criteria and also subject to a technical survey.

Require Further Help or Support?

The Council has partnered with the following not-for-profit organisations to provide free warm home and energy saving advice and support services in Halton:

Save Energy Advice Line

  • Operated by Energy Projects Plus
  • Call free: 0800 043 0151
  • Email: Advisor@epplus.org.uk  
  • Open Monday- Friday 9AM-5PM

Green Doctor

For households that are unsure which service is best for them, they can complete a referral request form

If you have any queries about the Green Homes Grant or Sustainable Warmth Fund please email the Council at greenhomesgrant@halton.gov.uk

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