ECO Scheme Heating and Insulation Grants

Central Heating Grants from the Government's ECO Scheme

Free Central Heating Grants from the Government's ECO Scheme

Central Heating Grants help pay for the installation of central heating systems in homes which have never had a central heating system installed before.

Central heating grants qualifying criteria includes the requirement that the new central heating system to be installed in your home must be a heating system which provides heat for your home using a boiler and radiators.

Central Heating Grants Scheme rules also require that the new central heating system must be installed in domestic premises which have never had a central heating system installed before.

You, or someone living permanently with you, must receive one of the qualifying State Benefits, Tax Credits or Other Allowances list unless you qualify under ECO Flex Rules, please see below.

Central Heating Grants Qualifying Criteria

1. The applicant must be a home owner or a tenant in a privately rented home.

2. Existing Heating Systems which can be replaced under the Central Heating Grants Scheme

Central Heating Grants scheme rules require that your home must have either no heating at all or one of the following:

  1. Electric room heaters
  2. Broken or inefficient electric storage heaters
  3. Gas room heaters
  4. Gas fire with back boiler (no radiators)
  5. Solid fossil fuel fire with back boiler (no radiators)
  6. Electric underfloor or ceiling heating (not with an electric boiler)
  7. Bottled LPG room heating
  8. Solid fossil fuel (such as coal) room heaters
  9. Wood or biomass room heating
  10. Oil room heaters

Central Heating Grants scheme rules uses as your existing heating that which appears as the ‘Main Heating’ system on your home’s Energy Performance Certificate (EPC).

You can see your EPC HERE if your home is in England or Wales and HERE if it is in Scotland.

Free Central Heating Grants is a Government Backed Scheme

First Time Central Heating Grant Application Form

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  • 1. Your Details:

  • We need this to confirm that you qualify for a boiler grant

3. The applicant must receive one of the Qualifying Benefits below unless you qualify under ECO Flex Rules

Central Heating Grants scheme rules require that either you or someone living permanently with you, must receive at least one of the following State Benefits, Tax Credits or Other Allowances unless you qualify under ECO Flex Rules:

  • Guaranteed Pension Credit
  • 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 (subject to maximum household income thresholds)
  • War Pensions Mobility Allowance
  • Constant Attendance Allowance
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment

ECO Flex Rules allow local councils to recommend that you qualify for central heating grants even if you don’t receive one of the qualifying benefits.

Currently we only cover Liverpool, Leicester, Nottingham, Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Dudley for ECO Flex.

4. Your home must be well insulated

Central Heating Grants scheme rules require that your home must have adequate loft insulation and cavity wall insulation installed.

If it does not, the installation company dealing with your new central heating system may be able to arrange it.

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Free central heating grants - installing central heating
Free Central Heating Grants from the ECO Scheme
Central Heating Grants can fund the installation of the following central heating systems:

Central heating grants provide funding to install the following types of central heating boiler plus radiators, pipework and a room thermostat.

  1. Mains Gas Boiler
  2. Biomass Boiler
  3. LPG Boiler
  4. Air Source Heat Pump
  5. Ground Source Heat Pump
  6. Electric Boiler
Central Heating Grants FAQs

Who can apply for central heating grants?

Central Heating Grants are available to home owners, and tenants in privately rented homes.

Tenants in homes owned by your local council or a housing association and householders who live in shared ownership homes do not qualify for Central Heating Grants under ECO Scheme rules.

Will I have to contribute to the cost a new central heating system?

Central Heating Grants cover the full cost of installing a central heating system in your home in many cases.

However, some householders may have to make a contribution. A free survey of your home and any existing heating system will be carried out to determine whether a contribution is required.

If your home does not have a gas supply but you live in Liverpool, Liverpool City Council may fund the connection of a new gas supply. More information for residents of Liverpool can be found on the Liverpool Central Heating Grants page of this website.

I don't receive one of the qualifying benefits can I still apply for a central heating grant?

If you do not receive any of the relevant benefits you may still qualify for first time central heating grants under the ECO Scheme’s ECO Flex Rules.

Local councils can recommend that householders receive a central heating grant if they satisfy their ECO Flex rules. An example may be where a householder needs to spend more than 10% of household income to heat the home.

Each council can set their own ECO Flex rules and we currently we only work with councils in Liverpool, Leicester, Nottingham, Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Dudley.

I don't receive any of the qualifying benefits but someone who lives with me does, can I still apply?

Yes.

If someone who lives with you on a permanently basis receives one of the qualifying benefits you can still apply for central heating grants. The Central Heating Grants application will be in their name.

Also, the letter confirming that they receive a qualifying benefit letter must have your address on it.

What if I don't have a gas supply to my home?

Central Heating Grants do not cover the cost of installing gas in your home but other grants may be available to cover this. For example, Liverpool City Council offer grants to connect a gas supply for householders who qualify for Central Heating Grants. More information can be found on the Liverpool Central Heating Grants page.

You will also need to arrange to have a gas meter installed in your home.

How do I apply for a central heating grant?

To apply for Central Heating Grants householders should complete the application form on this website page.

If we can help, we will telephone you to let you know whether satisfy central heating grants qualifying criteria based on the information you have provided.

We will arrange a free survey of your home and the existing heating system and the surveyor will complete the official grant application form for you. Also, with your permission, an electronic check will be made with the Department for Work and Pensions that you do receive one of the qualifying benefits.

The ECO authorised installation company which arranged the survey install your new central heating system. Once the installation is complete they will be paid directly from ECO Scheme funds.

What do central heating grants cover?

Central Heating Grants cover the cost of supplying and installing a central heating boiler together with radiators, pipework and room thermostat.

If any plaster work is damaged during the installation this will be repaired but central heating grants do not cover the cost of redecorating your home.

Central heating grants do not cover the cost of providing a gas supply to your home.

If your home does not have a gas supply but you live in Liverpool, Liverpool City Council may fund a gas supply connection to your home. More information can be found on the Liverpool Central Heating Grants page.

How long does it take for a central heating system to be installed in my home?

Once you apply for a central heating grant with us we will telephone you to let you know if you qualify and to answer any questions you may have.

With your permission an electronic check will be carried out with the DWP to confirm that you receive one of the qualifying central heating grants scheme benefits and this can take a few days to get the result.

Once your entitlement to central heating grants has been confirmed, a free survey of your home and the existing heating system will be carried out. This normally takes place within a week or two of receiving the DWP confirmation.

ECO Scheme Approved installer will then book a convenient time to install your new central heating system and the installation will take a few days to complete.

What if central heating has been fitted in my home but has been removed?

Central Heating Grants are only available to help pay for the installation of central heating systems in homes which have never had a central heating system.

Householders in homes where a central heating system has been removed do not qualify for central heating grants.

What if I am not sure whether central heating has been fitted in my home before but removed?

Central Heating Grants rules require that householders must sign a declaration confirming the following:

“I, the owner of the premises, declare that to the best of my knowledge, at no point prior to the installation of the first time central heating, first time district heating system or first time renewable heating system, did the premises have a central heating system, district heating system, or renewable heating system nor, immediately prior to the installation, did the premises did have a working, efficient electric storage heater(s).”

Why do I have to insulate my home before central heating can be installed?

Central Heating Grants scheme rules require that cavity wall insulation and loft insulation must be installed in your home unless it is already present prior to the installation of the central heating system.

This is to ensure that you benefit fully from the central heating system without unnecessary heat loss through the walls and roof of your home.

Are Central Heating Grants available throughout the whole of the UK?

Central Heating Grants are available in England, Scotland and Wales. Northern Ireland has its own scheme but we do not deal with it.

However, currently we do not process applications for Central Heating Grants in all areas of England, Scotland and Wales.

The situation is changing regularly so please apply for a central heating grant using the form on this page. If we can help we will call you back, if not, we will contact you as soon as we can process central heating grants in your area.

If you live in Liverpool, please apply on the Liverpool Central Heating Grants page.

Where does the money come from for central heating grants?

Central Heating Grants are provided by the Affordable Warmth Scheme which is part of the Government’s ECO Scheme.

A levy of around £30 to £35 is added to every household’s electricity bill. This money is collected by your energy supplier and paid into the ECO fund.

Home owners and tenants who qualify for central heating grants are allocated a grant from the ECO fund. The amount of the grant is based on the results of your free home survey. Central heating grants are paid directly to your ECO authorised installation company once your central heating system has been installed.

How long will central heating grants be available?

Central Heating Grants from the Government’s ECO Scheme should be available up to the end of March 2022.

This is when the current version of the ECO Scheme, ECO3, is scheduled to finish. However, since the ECO Scheme was first introduced in 2013 there have been many changes, some of which were introduced with very little notice.

Householders who think that they may qualify for Central Heating Grants should apply straight away, whilst ECO funding is still available.

The Government has indicated that funding for the installation of heating systems and insulation will be supported in some form until at least 2028 but it is likely that ECO Scheme rules will change.

The ECO Scheme is part of the Government’s plan to help reduce carbon emissions from homes and helping low income households to heat their homes properly.

Central Heating Grants from the Government’s ECO Scheme