Home Improvement Grants

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Home improvement grants can largely depend on the policies of your local council. Photo © Jeff Buck (cc-by-sa/2.0)

UK Home Improvement Grants

Home Improvement grants are offered directly by the government or you can approach your local authority for assistance. Government grant applications are standard but each local authority has it’s own rules about what type of help is on offer and what conditions will apply.

Any homeowner or landlord can apply for a Green Homes Grant Voucher which provides help towards insulation of the home or to put in low carbon heating. Currently, any voucher issued must be redeemed by March 2022 although this deadline may well be extended. A home improvement grant that helps to make a property more energy efficient is also going to help reduce annual energy costs. This makes it a worthwhile enterprise to pursue.

Why Is The Government Offering Home Improvement Grants?

In June 2020 the Chancellor announced that homeowners in the UK could apply for grants of up to £5,000 to make improvements to homes that would help to save energy. This new package was intended to assist in rebuilding the economy and to protect the environment by helping to tackle the imminent climate crisis.

The measures on offer include low energy lights, double glazed windows and doors and insulation to prevent the loss of heat. The government contribution to the scheme would be at least two thirds of the total cost.

Home Improvement Grants From Local Authorities

Local authority home improvement grants are available and each authority has its own rules about who can be helped. The rules for each authority are different and there are certain conditions that must be met to qualify. However, no authority can discriminate against an applicant on the grounds of disability, age, gender, religion or any other type of discrimination.

Grants from local councils include funds to adapt or improve a home and for adding disabled facilities. Contact your local authority for an application form which will outline the conditions. These may include a limit on personal savings.

Green Homes Grant – Primary Or Secondary Home Improvements

The Green Homes Grant covers payment towards both insulation and low carbon heating. These are categorised as primary measures. If you already have some insulation you can apply to top this up. A low carbon heating installation cannot be replaced under this grant. You can only get the grant if you are replacing an outdated energy hungry heating system. Grants are only allowed for heating the home and for hot water.

Secondary Home Improvements under the Green Homes Grant cover glazing, thermostats for hot water tanks, energy efficient doors, smart heating controls and draught proofing.

Vouchers issued are valid for three months but under certain circumstances you can apply for an extension before the expiry date. New build homeowners are not eligible. All other homeowners, private landlords and park home owners may apply.

Do I Need To Pay Towards My Home Improvement Grant?

Anyone who is eligible can apply for a grant covering two thirds of the cost of Green Homes improvements grants. This is up to a value of £5,000. If you meet certain conditions you may be able to get the maximum grant of £10,000 for the total cost of the work. There is a full list of eligibility on the Green Homes Grant page at the UK Government website.

Home Improvement Grants FAQ

Can My Local Council Help With Home Improvement Grants?

Money through home improvement grants is available from many councils. If you need urgent repairs that will benefit your health or if your home is below reasonable living standards, the local authority may be able to provide assistance. Local authorities apply their own specific rules about home improvement grants.

Can I Get A Home Improvement Grant For My Caravan?

If your caravan is your main home you may be eligible for a home improvement grant from your local authority. There may be certain restrictions on the amount available if you have savings. If you are renting you should consult your landlord before applying for any home improvement grant.

I Am Disabled, Can I Get A Home Improvement Grant?

Your local authority may provide a grant to make it easier for you to live independently at home. Examples of improvements are ramps, stairlifts, changes to bathrooms and kitchen facilities and improved heating. Better lighting may also be added if your sight is impaired.

How Do I Apply For A Home Improvement Grant?

First check your understanding of what the grant will cover then check your eligibility. The UK Government website has a list of authorised installers and you can find a local professional trades-person by entering your postcode. You can make an application through the UK Government website.

Information needed includes the property owners name and date of birth, details of anyone at the property who receives benefits and a quote from an authorised installer. Applicants who are approved will receive the voucher by email.

Can I Get A Home Improvement Grant for A New Boiler?

The Green Homes Grant will pay towards a new boiler if it is low carbon heating. Types of boilers that qualify for grants or financial assistance are biomass boilers, solar thermal systems, air-source, ground source and hybrid systems. These are all examples of renewable energy and will qualify for a primary grant to home improvements.

Some energy providers also offer grants to certain groups of people to replace outdated boilers. If you are receiving benefits like universal credit, tax credits or pension credits you may qualify. Contact your energy provider for information about what is available.

Can I Get A Home Improvement Grant For Insulation?

House insulation qualifies as a primary home improvement under the Green Homes Grant. You can get loft insulation, cavity wall insulation, underfloor insulation and insulation for park homes is also included.

Loft insulation and wall insulation may be offered by energy providers if you are receiving state benefits. Installing insulation can help to save hundreds of pounds on your energy bill each year.

Home Improvement Grants For Double Glazing

A home improvement grant for double glazing may be available once you have qualified for a primary grant. You cannot get a grant to replace current double glazing. You will only be allowed a grant to replace single glazing. There is also a grant to replace doors if they were installed before 2002.

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Will A Government Grant Pay For A New Roof?

Certain groups of people may qualify for a grant to replace a roof. However, the conditions upon which this is granted are limited. A grant is usually only open to the vulnerable who are on benefits and if the house falls below acceptable living standards. There is a maximum amount of £5,000 for these of home improvement grants.

What Is The Green Deal Scheme?

The Green Deal was a scheme introduced in 2013 by the UK Government. It provided funds for home improvements that were then paid back by the homeowner. The benefit was that the cost of the loan would not be greater than the cost of the energy that was saved.

The Green Deal was dropped by the government but some private companies still offer these terms. It is worthwhile asking your energy provider if the company offers any funding for home improvements. In addition, consider switching providers to save money.

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