Green Homes Grant applications open for local authorities

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The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is inviting Local Authorities, working with their local partners, to apply for funding under Green Home Grant scheme to be used to improve the energy efficiency of homes of low-income households living in their area.

Applications are now open until 12pm on 4 December 2020.

In July 2020, the Chancellor announced £2 billion of support through the Green Homes Grant to save households money, cut carbon and create green jobs.

The Green Homes Grant will be comprised of up to £1.5 billion of support through energy efficiency vouchers and up to £500m of support allocated to English Local Authority delivery partners, through the Local Authority Delivery scheme.

The Local Authority Delivery scheme aims to raise the energy efficiency of low-income and low EPC rated homes including those living in the worst quality off-gas grid homes, delivering progress towards: reducing fuel poverty, the phasing out of high carbon fossil fuel heating and the UK’s commitment to net zero by 2050.

An initial competition (Phase 1A) was launched in August 2020 with a delivery deadline of March 2021, where BEIS allocated £76m of funding to 57 Local Authority projects.

BEIS have taken account of feedback from Local Authorities under Phase 1A and are implementing an extended application window and delivery window as well as some clarifications and updates to the policy scope so that BEIS and Local Authorities can work together to maximise this opportunity to support a green recovery in response to the economic impacts of COVID-19.

Phase 1B has a delivery deadline of 30 September 2021.

Further guidance is available here