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Green Homes Grant for people claiming benefits

Green Homes Grant for people claiming benefits

Please note: This scheme closed for new voucher applications on 31 March 2021 but we have left the guide here as reference.

What is it?

The Green Homes Grant is a new government scheme available until the end of March 2021. You can use it to pay for insulation (including cavity wall, under-floor, and loft/roof insulation) and for low carbon heating (heat pumps and solar thermal systems).

If you use half your budget on low carbon heating and insulation measures you can use the other half for double/triple glazing, upgrading to energy efficient doors and heating controls. You can get full details from the government's Green Homes Grant page.

You may also be entitled to help through the Energy Company Obligation (ECO); a scheme funded by utility companies. These grants help low income households in England, Scotland and Wales replace inefficient boilers or electric heaters. More information is below.

Eligibility

Anyone who owns their own home qualifies for a Green Homes Grant as long as they are carrying out approved measures (insulation and installing low carbon heating). The only exception is for people who live in a new build property that has never been occupied.

If you are in receipt of one of the following benefits your Green Homes Grant can cover 100% of the cost of work up to a maximum of £10,000:

  • Attendance Allowance
  • Carer's Allowance
  • Disability Living Allowance
  • Pension Guarantee Credit
  • Employment and Support Allowance (income-based or contribution-based)
  • Jobseeker's Allowance (income-based or contribution-based)
  • Housing Benefit
  • Income Support
  • Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
  • Personal Independence Payment
  • Severe Disablement Allowance
  • Tax Credits (Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit)
  • Universal Credit

Apply for a grant

In order to apply for a Green Homes Grant you need at least one quote from registered installer. You can then apply for a voucher (which is how the grant is paid out) using the government's Green Homes Grant online application form. Your contractor will then be able to redeem the voucher as payment for the work.

ECO grants  

You might also be eligible for a free grant to upgrade the heating, insulation and the energy-efficiency of your home. There are grants currently available to people on a low income through the Government's ECO scheme.

1. Boiler Grants - check your eligibility and apply for a boiler grant here

2. Insulation Grants - check your eligibility and apply for an insulation grant here

3. Electric Heating Grants - if you have electric room heaters or electric storage heaters and they are the main way of heating your home you might be eligible for a grant to upgrade or replace them - check your eligibility and apply for an electric heating grant here

4. First Time Central Heating Grants - if you've never had central heating at your property - check your eligibility and apply for a First Time Central Heating (FTCH) grant here

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