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The Green Homes Grant Scheme

This information only applies in England.

Under the Green Homes Grant Scheme the government is offering people assistance to make their homes more energy efficient. The Scheme helps homeowners pay for certain energy-efficiency home improvements.

The Green Homes Grant Scheme is a government initiative which provides vouchers worth up to £10,000 to help cover the cost of making energy efficient improvements to your home.

Eligible homeowners will be provided with a voucher that covers two-thirds of the cost of qualifying energy efficiency or low-carbon heating home improvements. The voucher will have a maximum value of £5,000. 

Where a homeowner (or someone in their household) is on a low income and receives certain benefits, they may be eligible for a voucher covering all of the cost of the improvements. The maximum value of the voucher is £10,000. Qualifying benefits include: 

  • Income-Based Employment & Support Allowance

  • Universal Credit

  • Income-Based Jobseekers Allowance

  • Housing Benefits

A full list of qualifying benefits is provided when making an application.

You can check if you are eligible under the Green Homes Grant using the government’s webtool.

To apply for vouchers under the Green Homes Grant Scheme, you must:

  • be located in England

  • own your home (including long-leaseholders, shared ownership and park homeowners)

  • be a private or social landlord (including local authorities and housing associations)

Landlords cannot apply for the low-income portion of the scheme. Landlords applying for a voucher for a private rented sector property will need to submit proof that EPC standards have been met or that a valid exemption has been claimed.

Homeowners cannot apply for the Scheme if they have already received funding for the costs of a measure under the Energy Company Obligation or a grant from their local authority as part of the Local Authority Delivery Scheme. For more information on eligibility while receiving other funding, read the government's guidance.

Further, new-build properties that have not previously been occupied are not eligible for the scheme.

Primary measures

Homeowners must install either insulation or low-carbon heating to qualify for the vouchers. Under the Scheme, these are referred to as ‘primary’ measures and include:

  • insulation: solid wall insulation, under floor insulation, cavity wall insulation, loft insulation, flat roof insulation, room in roof insulation, and insulating a park home

  • low-carbon heating: air-source heat pump, ground-source heat pump, solar-thermal water heating, and biomass boilers

To have low-carbon heating installed, the home already needs to have cavity or solid wall insulation and loft insulation (where applicable).

Secondary measures

Where at least one primary measure is installed in a home, the vouchers can also be used to help cover the cost of certain ‘secondary’ measures. These include:

  • double and triple glazing (where replacing single glazed windows)

  • energy-efficient replacement doors (only when replacing single glazed or solid doors installed before 2002)

  • heating controls (eg smart heating controls)

  • hot water tank thermostats and insulation

For a full list of primary and secondary measures, visit the SEA website

Note that the amount you get towards the cost of secondary measures cannot exceed the amount you get for primary measures. 

The vouchers will cover a variety of costs, which include labour, materials and VAT. The vouchers will cover additional works if they are necessary for the installation of the measures. 

All work must be completed by an installer who is both registered with TrustMark and for the Scheme. The works cannot be completed by the homeowner, a member of their household or their immediate family.

From 30 September eligible homeowners can apply for vouchers on the government website.

Before applying, check what energy efficiency or low-carbon heat improvements can be made to your property. 

You can then find accredited tradespeople or businesses in your area that can carry out the work for you. It is advised that homeowners get a minimum of 3 quotes to ensure they are getting the best value for money. You will need to provide a quote for the work when you are applying for the voucher.

You should only enter into a commitment for the work once your voucher has been issued. Any work that was started before that date cannot be claimed for under the Scheme. 

Once the voucher has been issued, the installer can begin the work.

To redeem vouchers under the Green Homes Grant Scheme, you should confirm that:

  • the work was completed before the voucher expiry date

  • you have received the necessary documents from the installer

  • you have paid your share of the costs to the installer (where applicable)

  • you meet the relevant eligibility requirements

You will also need to provide a dated copy of the invoice issued by the installer. 

When a homeowner redeems their voucher, the grant will be paid directly to the installer.

The Green Homes Grant Scheme is set to run until 31 March 2021. Homeowners must ensure the home improvements are scheduled to be completed, and their vouchers redeemed, by 31 March 2021.

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