ECO Scheme Storage Heater Grants and Boiler Grants

Boiler Grant Qualifying Criteria

If you receive state benefits you may qualify for a Government Grant to replace your faulty and inefficient central heating boiler

We have helped over 25,000 householders with their AFFORDABLE WARMTH SCHEME GRANT Application

Boiler Grant Qualifying Criteria

Worcester Greenstar Compact Combi available from the Affordable Warmth Scheme if you satisfy Boiler Grant Qualifying Criteria
Worcester Bosch boilers available from the Affordable Warmth Scheme if you satisfy Boiler Grant Qualifying Criteria

You may qualify for a Boiler Grant if you satisfy ALL 3 of the following criteria:



Affordable Warmth Scheme Boiler Grant Qualifying Criteria regarding your State Benefits.

You must receive one of the following State Benefits:

  • Guaranteed Pension Credit (Savings Credit and ordinary State Pension do NOT qualify on their own).
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit
  • Income Support
  • Income-Related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Income-Based Job Seeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • Disability Living Allowance (DLA)#
  • Personal Independence Payment (PIP)#
  • Attendance Allowance#
  • Carer’s Allowance#
  • Severe Disablement Allowance#
  • Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
  • Child Benefit*#
  • War Pensions Mobility Allowance#
  • Constant Attendance Allowance#
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment#

# Proposed additional qualifying benefits from October 2018 – to be confirmed.

* Maximum household income thresholds (based on the number of adults and children who live in your home) applies if you only receive Child Benefit. These can be found in the table below.


Boiler Grant Qualifying Criteria: Definition of a Qualifying Boiler

For the the purposes of the Affordable Warmth Scheme Boiler Grant Qualifying Criteria, your central heating boiler must:

  • Be installed in your home at the time of your Boiler Grant Application, AND
  • Be less than 86% efficient when it was installed (C rated or below) AND be faulty, OR
  • Be 86% efficient or more (A or B rated), be faulty AND cost more to repair than it would to be replaced.

You can check your central heating boiler’s official efficiency rating HERE.

Boiler Grants are available for:

Boiler Grant Qualifying Criteria - Boiler efficiency A to G rating and percentage efficiency
Boiler Grants: What's included and what's excluded?

If you satisfy the Affordable Warmth Scheme’s Boiler Grant Qualifying Criteria, your boiler grant will provide funding for the following:

  • The initial survey
  • The new central heating boiler
  • The installation of the new central heating boiler
  • A limited amount of new pipe work and ancillary materials
  • The boiler’s first service

Affordable Warmth Scheme funding does not include:

  • New radiators
  • New thermostatic valves
  • A new thermostat
  • Additional pipe work over and above the limited amount included
  • Converting a single pipe heating system to a double pipe system
  • Re-decorating

PLEASE NOTE: The amount of your grant is based a system referred to as ‘Deemed Scores’ where the boiler grant is based on the type of property you live in, how many bedrooms it has and several other factors. In some cases the grant will not cover the total cost of installing a new boiler and either you (or your landlord if appropriate) may have to make a contribution.

What is the Affordable Warmth Scheme?

The Affordable Warmth Scheme is part of the Government’s ECO (Energy Company Obligation) initiative. It provides grants to low income households so that they can improve the energy efficiency of their homes.

This is achieved by awarding boiler grants and storage heater grants to householders who have faulty central heating boilers or faulty electric storage heaters, AND who receive certain means-tested State Benefits or Tax Credits.

The Energy Companies Obligation was introduced to help reduce energy consumption for qualifying householders who are living in fuel poverty.

Affordable Warmth Scheme funding starts in the form of a levy on everyone’s electricity bill and the money collected is directed in to an ECO Fund. This money is distributed in the form of ECO Grants to accredited installation companies once they have completed the boiler or storage heater installation.

Boiler Grant Qualifying Criteria was simplified on the 1st April 2017 so that more households can take advantage of the ECO Scheme.

The Government has indicated that this new ECO Scheme will run for a transitional period of 18 months.  This will provide time to consult on the details of a Fuel Poverty Scheme intended to run for a further 4 years.

Will I have to contribute to the cost of a replacement central heating boiler in my home?

If you satisfy Boiler Grant Qualifying Criteria you may be awarded an ECO Grant to replace your faulty boiler. The amount of the grant is determined by the type of property you live in, how many bedrooms it has, the type of heating system and several other factors.

If the grant covers the full cost of replacing your boiler, you will not have to contribute but if it doesn’t you may. If you choose not to pay towards a new boiler you can withdraw your boiler grant application and it will not cost you anything.

Remember though, the Energy Saving Trust says: If you replace your old boiler with an A-rated boiler and set of heating controls  you could save about £340 per year on your heating bills.