ECO Scheme Heating and Insulation Grants

Home Upgrade Grants Manchester - Grants to install Air Source Heat Pumps & Solar PV Panels

Grants available for homeowners and private tenants

Which products can be installed with Home Upgrade Grants?

Home Upgrade Grants Manchester – Grants are available to install Solar PV Panels

From the day the solar panels are installed you will start generating your own electricity to save on your energy bills.

What’s more, also from day one you will completely own the solar panel system and you won’t have to pay anything towards it’s cost.

Home Upgrade Grants Manchester - Grants to install Solar Panels

Home Upgrade Grants Manchester – Grants to install Air Source Heat Pumps.

An air source heat pump is a low-carbon heating system which takes air from the outside of your home and with the work of an evaporator, a compressor and a condenser, provides heat for your radiators and hot water.

They are extremely efficient and can even work when the outside temperature is well below zero.

Home Upgrade Grants Manchester - Grants to install air source heat pumps

Home Upgrade Grants tend to concentrate on funding the installation of Solar PV panels and air source heat pumps.

However, during your FREE SURVEY your home will be assessed for other heating and insulation products and if these can also be funded, they will be installed.

Which properties are eligible for a Home Upgrade Grant?

Home Upgrade Grants Manchester are only available for the following properties:

  1. Domestic dwellings only.
  2. Properties without a mains gas supply.  That is, only properties heated by electricity, LPG, oil, coal or other solid fuels, not mains gas.
  3. Properties with an EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) rating of D, E, F or G.  You can see the EPC rating of your home by clicking HERE
  4. Only owner occupier homes and those on the private rented sector.  Please note landlords with a property portfolio of more than four properties do not qualify for home upgrade grants Manchester. Also, landlords may have to contribute to the cost of any installation.
Which households are eligible for a Home Upgrade Grant?

Home Upgrade Grants Manchester are only available for the following households if they satisfy one of the following criteria:

1.The household must be in an eligible area.  Households living in the most economically deprived areas will be automatically eligible for home upgrade grants, provided they live in off-gas grid properties rated EPC Band D or below.   This applies to homeowners and private tenants and we can check whether this applies to your home by reference to your post code.

Homeowners satisfying this criteria will automatically qualify for 100% grants but landlords must make a contribution for their private tenants.


2.For homeowners who do not live in one of the economically deprived areas, household income must be no higher than £31,000.  This rule applies to householders and private tenants and landlords will have to contribute to the cost of installing an air source heat pump and / or solar PV panels.

3.You, or a permanent member of your household receives a means tested benefit.

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What is the Home Upgrade Grant Scheme?

Home Upgrade Grants Manchester version 2 is a government scheme awarding grants to Local Authorities (LAs) for energy efficiency and clean heating upgrades in owner occupied and private rented sector fuel-poor homes off the gas grid. HUG 2 aims to deliver two main objectives:
• To deliver progress towards the statutory fuel poverty target for England, by improving as many fuel-poor homes (of energy efficiency rating band D, E, F and G) as reasonably practicable to Band C by 2030.
• To progress the UK’s target to reach Net Zero by 2050, by supporting the phase out of off-gas grid fossil fuels and transition to low-carbon heating systems. HUG 2 funding will be awarded from early 2023 with delivery running from April 2023 until March 2025.

Improve the EPC for your home

Under the Home Upgrade Grants Manchester scheme homes with a current EPC band of F or G should be improved to at least band D. Homes with a current EPC of band D or E should be improved to at least band C. This will improve the energy efficiency of these homes and reduce energy bills and lower their carbon footprint.

Reasoning behind Home Upgrade Grants Manchester

Due to global factors, many households in the UK are experiencing significant increases to their energy bills, as well as many other household costs. HUG 2 will be offering support to the most vulnerable households at a critical time and will provide financial support to lower energy bills by installing energy saving measures and, where appropriate, low carbon heating.

Home Upgrade Grants version 2 will also support improved household health and wellbeing by reducing the number of cold homes and play a key role in the government’s wider programme of green retrofit as set out in the Heat and Buildings Strategy published in October 2021.

Home Upgrade Grants Funding

Government has so far allocated a total of £1.1 billion to Home Upgrade Grants. £218m has already been allocated under HUG 1 which cover over 200 Local Authority areas  and delivery concluded in March 2023. HUG 2 will allocate up to £700m, with funding expected to be delivered from early 2023 to 2025.

The Government department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy reserves the right to alter the level of funding allocated to HUG 2 at any stage without prejudice to any grant funding already awarded so it is important to apply for your grant as soon as possible.

Manchester City Council secure £10m funding for Home Upgrade Grants Manchester Scheme

Home Upgrade Grants Manchester

Manchester City Council successfully bid for the Home Upgrade Grant 2 (HUG2) for £10m in funding. The funding will allow the Council to improve approximately 1,600 Council-owned homes with additional insulation and ventilation and install renewable energy systems.

The HUG2 funding will support improvements to approximately 500 privately-owned homes. The result will be warmer, more comfortable homes and lower energy bills for Manchester residents, contribution to the Council’s Zero Carbon targets.

The Council has set a target of retrofitting at least a third of the city’s 67,300 social rented properties by 2032 in order to help meet this target, working alongside registered providers to ensure the properties they manage are also upgraded. Significant action to retrofit the city’s privately owned housing stock will also be needed. To date, significant progress and investment has been made towards city-wide retrofitting projects.

£83m has been spent on energy efficiency improvements to Council properties in north Manchester since 2005 leading to a 49 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions (from 55,000 to 28,000 tons of CO2) in the homes that have received investment. 2,100 Residents received energy advice since 2013, saving them an estimated £370k and 500 tons of CO2.

Councillor Gavin White, executive member for housing and development said: “Our ongoing efforts to retrofit properties across Manchester plays a hugely significant role in our aim to become a zero-carbon city.

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Home Upgrade Grants Manchester - FAQs

What is the Home Upgrade Grant Manchester Scheme?

The Home Upgrade Grant (HUG) provides energy efficiency upgrades and low carbon heating via local authority funding, to households in England that:

  • Are a low-income household OR you reside within an eligible post code area
  • Your home does not have a mains gas supply, and
  • Your home has an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) of D, E, F or G

You can see the EPC rating of your home by clicking HERE

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Which home energy efficiency improvements could I be offered?

Works offered will depend on funding availability AND the outcome of a technical survey but could include works that support for energy efficiency and/or low carbon technologies such as:

  • External wall insulation
  • Internal wall insulation
  • Cavity wall insulation
  • Loft insulation
  • Air Source Heat Pumps
  • Ground Source Heat Pumps
  • Solar photovoltaics (PV) panels

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Grant for other heating and insulation measures are also available from the ECO Scheme

For more information about ECO Scheme Grants, please visit the ECO Scheme page of our website HERE.