Green Homes Grant launched – can you claim up to £5,000?
In recent weeks, the main news story has undoubtedly been the resurgence of the coronavirus. Businesses are worried about the impact on trade while individuals are concerned about renewed restrictions on their freedoms. Against such a backdrop, it’s easy to forget the Green Homes Grant the chancellor announced in his Summer Statement – let alone that it is being launched today.
What is the Green Homes Grant?
As we reported at the time, the Green Homes Grant (GHG) is a £2bn voucher scheme for homeowners. It’s designed to do two things.
- Unlock work for tradespeople who have seen business dip due to COVID-19
- Help people make their homes more energy efficient by contributing towards the cost of green improvements, such as loft, floor and wall insulation.
How much is it worth?
In most cases, Green Homes Grant vouchers will cover two-thirds of eligible improvements, up to a maximum of £5,000. If you, or someone you live with receive certain benefits, the voucher could cover 100% of the cost, up to a value of £10,000. You’ll be asked about any benefits you receive when you apply.
Am I eligible?
You’re likely to be eligible if you live in England and own your own home. This includes people with long leaseholds and those who have bought via shared ownership.
Residential landlords may also be eligible if they operate in the private or social rented sectors.
Exceptions to eligibility
If you have claimed funding under the Energy Company Obligation, you can’t claim under the Green Homes Grant for the same measure. You can, though, claim for a different improvement.
If you want to claim under the Domestic Renewable Heat Initiative, you must apply for the Green Homes Grant voucher first and then tell Ofgem you have used it before applying for the Domestic RHI.
You can’t apply for the GHG if you’ve had a grant under the Local Authority Delivery Scheme.
Notes for landlords
Any Green Homes Grant you receive counts towards the total state aid you are allowed over a three-year period. You must not exceed the ‘de minimis’ state aid threshold of €200,000.
If you apply for a GHG voucher to pay for improvements in a private rental property, you also need to prove you have met the minimum energy efficiency standard or that you have an exemption.
What can I use the Green Homes Grant to pay for?
There’s quite a long list of things you can claim for. These are divided into primary and secondary measures.
Primary measures include most kinds of insulation, including various kinds of loft, wall and roof insulation. Low carbon heating measures, such as air / ground source heat pumps and biomass boilers, also fall into this category.
If you install a primary measure under GHG and there is money left over, you can install a secondary measure. These include things like double or triple glazing, draughtproofing, smart heating controls, thermostats and more.
Who can install Green Homes Grant improvements?
The work must be completed by a TrustMark-registered installer who is registered with the GHG scheme. When you redeem your voucher, the grant is paid directly to the installer.
How can I apply?
Homeowners and landlords can apply online here.
About Ben Locker
Ben Locker is a copywriter who specialises in business-to-business marketing, writing about everything from software and accountancy to construction and power tools. He co-founded the Professional Copywriters’ Network, the UK’s association for commercial writers, and is named in Direct Marketing Association research as ‘one of the copywriters who copywriters rate’.