Funding

Eco Funding
Eco Funding Eligibility
LAFLEX
FPNES
Other Funding

Who qualifies for
Eco funding


The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) requires obligated energy suppliers to deliver energy efficiency and heating measures to homes in Great Britain. These measures help households to keep their homes warmer, reduce their energy bills and reduce carbon emissions. ECO was launched in January 2013 and has delivered over 2.2 million improvements in around 1.8m homes.

Eco funding is part of the Government initiative, to bring down the costs of energy for all consumers and increase energy performance certificate ratings (EPC) to a minimum Band C by 2035 and is governed by OFGEM.

The latest round of funding is named ‘ECO3’ and the policy of the scheme will run from 1st October 2018 until 31st March 2022 and focuses on low income houses, people who show vulnerability to cold and rural properties.
Some of the scheme’s main policies include:

  • Targeted support low income, vulnerable and fuel poor households
  • Replacement boilers households that have a broken heating system
  • Encouraging a multiple measure approach to incentivize both heating and insulation improvements
  • Local authorities to set their own eligibility criteria

Are you eligible
for funding


Funding eligibility is known as the ‘Affordable Warmth Criteria’ allowing access grants to support / fully fund the installation of energy efficient home improvements for heating and insulation if you are in receipt of the following benefits:

  • Child tax credit
  • Income-related employment and support allowance
  • Income based job-seekers allowance
  • Income support
  • State pension ‘guarantee’ credit (savings credit only DOES NOT QUALIFY)*
  • Working tax credit
  • Universal credit
  • Disability Living Allowance
  • Personal Independence Payment
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Carer’s Allowance
  • Severe Disablement Allowance
  • Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefits
  • War Pensions Mobility Supplement
  • Constant Attendance Allowance
  • Armed Forced Independent Payment
  • Child benefit – Subject to income thresholds

LAFLEX
funding available


Local Authority Flexible Eligibility (LAFLEX) allows your local authority to define their own eligibility criteria to access ECO above and beyond the standard benefit criteria. Local authorities who participate publish a ‘Statement of Intent’ which outlines their individual eligibility criteria and can be found on their website. The Warmer Communities Partnership works with multiple local authorities in the UK and our team can help check eligibility in any areas providing support in accessing funding if you are not in receipt of the standard benefit criteria for ECO.

 

Fuel Poor
Network Extensions Scheme


Gas consistently remains one of the least expensive sources of energy but not every household is connected to gas network. Getting connected can make a real difference to those in low income households or struggling with fuel bills.

The FPNES helps households that are off the gas grid switch to natural gas by offering funding towards the cost of connecting to the gas network. Involved gas networks include: Northern Gas Network, SGN, Cadent, Wales and West Utilities.

Eligibility
 
You may qualify for funding towards your gas connection if:

  • You are the occupant or owner of an existing domestic dwelling

AND

  • A member of your household receives certain benefits, or
  • The property is located within a qualifying area for support, or
  • Based on an assessment of your household income and heating load.

There is more
energy funding available

Think you don’t qualify?

If you do not receive any of these benefits – don’t worry! There are area based schemes and multiple other funding sources available.

Contact us to find out more. Call us on 0800 689 3415 Monday – Friday 09:00 – 17:00 or you can email us at: info@warmercommunties.org.uk

Other funding

If you are not eligible for ECO3 funding, there are several other funds we can help you identify and secure, such as:

  • Warm Homes Fund
  • FPNES – gas connection funding
  • Renewable Heat Incentive
  • Redress funding
  • Ofgem Industry Initiatives
  • ECO innovation fund

Call us on 0800 689 3415 Monday – Friday 09:00 – 17:00 or you can email us at: info@warmercommunties.org.uk to find out more

 

See if you qualify