What Grants are Available?
Government Grants out there
There are many government grants on offer in the UK. These are mainly out there for low-income households for vulnerable people with government benefits.
There are also grants available to individuals and families who aren’t on benefits that usually supplement payments for things like home improvements.
Perhaps we should start by listing the many benefits that our UK government offers because you will likely be more likely to receive higher government grants with them. This comprehensive list includes government grants for homeowners, government grants for individuals, hardship government grants, and home government grants.
Do You Qualify?
If you own/rent a property that requires cavity walls insulation or solid walls insulation and receive the correct combination of income-related benefits you’re likely to qualify.
Homeowner, Landlord or Private Tenant
Receive Income-Related Benefits
Looking for cavity wall insulation or solid walls insulation
How Much Does Scotland Receive For Government Grants?
This can be difficult to calculate the exact numbers because the central UK government puts a lump sum of money in the Scottish Consolidated Fund. The Scottish Parliament then splits this money into the different needs of the country. The money comes from many things put in the fund and later gets a sum specifically for government grants.
Scotland provides some money to put towards the Scottish Consolidated Fund, such as:
- Scottish income tax
- Scottish devolved taxes
- Scottish non-domestic rates
- EU funds
Council tax isn’t included because this is collected by local councils and spent on their specific district.
The UK government provides money for the Scottish Consolidated Fund from these sources:
Capital Gains Tax
And Many More!
These benefits are:
Armed Forces Independence Payment
Constant Attendance Allowance
Disability Living Allowance
Pension Guarantee Credit
Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA)
Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
Personal Independence Payment
Severe Disablement Allowance
Tax Credits (Child Tax Credits and Working Tax Credits)
The Energy Company Obligation (ECO)
This obligation is for energy suppliers. They must deliver 15% of the ECO scheme’s goals to homes in rural areas especially. These should be installing energy-efficient measurements to help homeowners manage their energy consumption better.
However, you have to qualify for certain benefits to apply for the ECO scheme.
If you are unsure whether you qualify, we are happy to help you! Fill in the initial application. We will review it, and call you to ensure you meet all government required criteria. And if you do, we will schedule a site survey to ensure you gate the most of your fully funded energy efficiency improvement grant.
The Affordable Warmth Scheme
This is a scheme under the umbrella of the Energy Company Obligation. Under this government grant scheme, you could also receive funding for energy-saving home improvement. It is available for those living in:
- Northern Ireland
- Wales (though it is called Nest and managed by British Gas)
The Affordable Warmth Scheme can help you get insulation (loft insulation, cavity wall insulation, solid wall insulation, external wall insulation, or internal wall insulation).
You might also be eligible for new heating controls or a new boiler, maybe even an entirely new central heating system, depending on how energy efficient your home is.
Cold Weather Payment
Suppose the temperature is lower than 0 degrees for seven consecutive days between 1 November and 31 March. In that case, you’ll get an extra £25 payment automatically deposited in your bank account if you are on certain income-related benefits.
The Green Deal Scheme
Another grant to help with home improvements which are energy-saving; examples of this includes:
- Renewable energy sources (solar panels or heat pumps)
- Energy-saving heating
- Double glazing
- Solid wall insulation
- Cavity wall insulation
- Loft insulation
UK Energy Support can help you with any home improvement government grants. We can be there every step of the way, and we provide an assessment, so get in touch today!
Storage Heater Replacement Government Grant
Like the affordable warmth scheme, this grant is also a part of ECO.
You will also need to meet specific requirements to qualify for this government grant:
- Own your own home or rent it from a private landlord.
- Your primary source of heating is electricity (e.g. old electric storage heaters, electric panels, or radiators)
- You receive one of the qualifying benefits.
Here are the qualifying benefits:
- Armed Forces Independence Payment
- Child Benefit
- Child Tax Credits
- Universal Credit
- Working Tax Credits
- Pension Credits
- Employment Support Allowance
- Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Disability Allowance
- Personal Independence Allowance
- Carer’s Allowance
For more information about the storage heater replacement grant, see our page all about it!