Sustainable Warmth Funding

The Sustainable Warmth Fund is a government scheme that the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority has secured for local residents to make local homes greener and warmer. The funding is available to help almost 500 households across Wirral. It can be used for work including insulation, solar panels or low carbon heating. A company called 'Next Energy' will carry out the works.

What is Sustainable Warmth Funding?

Sustainable Warmth will pay for works in your house to make your home warmer, greener and reduce your energy bills.

There are different amounts of funding available and different eligibility criteria. This depends on if your house is mainly heated by gas or by something else such as electric heaters, coal or oil. 

Who can get a grant?

You will need to meet the eligibility criteria listed below.

If the property doesn't have an EPC you can still apply.

How does it work?

If your application is successful, we will arrange a visit to your home to carry out a survey.

If the survey finds that your property has an EPC of A, B or C, your application will go no further. If your property is found to be Band D, you may not receive a grant as properties in Bands E, F and G are prioritised.

The survey will also see if your home is suitable for work such as: 

  • insulation for solid walls, cavity walls, lofts, suspended timber floors, rooms-in-roofs
  • solar photovoltaic (PV) electric panels
  • air source heat pumps

How much will I get?

Gas heated homes

  • owner-occupied homes will receive works up to the value of £10,000
  • private rented properties will receive a grant for up to the value of £5,000 with the landlord funding at least one third of the overall costs

Non-gas heated homes

The amount of grant you receive will be between £10,000 and £25,000. The grant received will be based on your EPC and fuel type.

For private rented properties, the landlord will be required to fund at least one third of the cost of upgrades.

Private Rented Landlords

If you are a private landlord wishing to apply for the grant, please ensure you have discussed it with your tenants.

If you are a private tenant, before you apply for the grant, please ensure your landlord is willing for works to be done on their property and that they understand they will have to make a financial contribution.

Gas heated homes

Private rented properties will receive a grant for up to the value of £5,000 with the landlord funding one third of the overall costs. Examples are shown below:

Sustainable Warmth Funding Minimum Landlord Contribution Total Cost of measures installed
£1,000 £500 £1,500
£2,000 £1,000 £3,000
£3,000 £1,500 £4,500
£4,000 £2,000 £6,000
£5,000 £2,500 £7,500

If overall costs exceed £7,500, additional investment by the landlord will be required.

Non-gas heated homes

If you are a private landlord wishing to apply for the grant, please ensure you have discussed it with your tenants.

If you are a private tenant, before you apply for the grant, please ensure your landlord is willing for works to be undertaken on their property and that they understand they will have to make a financial contribution.

Private landlords will be required to fund at least one third of the cost of upgrades. Examples are shown below:

EPC rating of F and G

  Sustainable Warmth Landlord contribution Total Cost of measures installed
Electric £13,333 £6,667   £20,000
Non-gas fossil fuel (oil, LPG, coal) £16,666 £8,333 £25,000

EPC rating of E

  Sustainable Warmth Landlord Total Cost of measures installed
Electric £10,000 £5,000 £15,000
Non-gas fossil fuel (oil, LPG, coal) £13,333 £6,667 £20,000

If overall costs exceed those for the various combinations of EPC ratings and heating fuel, additional investment by the landlord will be required.

Grants for fossil fuel heating systems, such as gas boilers, are not available.

When are the grants available?

Sustainable Warmth surveys commenced Summer 2022 with all work completing by March 2023.

How to apply

A company called 'Next Energy' will deliver the scheme. You can apply by visiting Next Energy's website or by calling Next Energy on 0800 021 3145 or email info@nextenergyuk.co.uk

Funding is limited with approximately 500 Wirral homes able to benefit from the grant.