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Sustainable Warmth Grants

Find out if you are eligible for grant funding to retrofit your home and reduce your energy bills.

Helping you to make your home energy efficient

Are you worried about the rising cost of energy and how you can afford to heat your home this winter?

The good news is that you may be eligible for energy efficiency upgrades to be fitted to your home, free of charge. These upgrades are known as ‘retrofitting’ and could help to reduce your energy bills and make your home easier to keep warm.

The Sustainable Warmth Fund

Oxfordshire County Council was awarded grant funding from the government’s Sustainable Warmth Fund.  The funding is to provide a range of energy efficiency improvements to be retrofitted to Oxfordshire homes.  There are different schemes with varying maximum funding levels available, depending on how your home is heated:

  • For homes connected to the mains gas grid, the grant available is up to £10,000 
  • For homes not connected to the mains gas grid, the grant available is up to £25,000
Please be aware that these schemes are only available to owner occupiers and private tenants, and if you are living in a private rental property your landlord will be expected to contribute a minimum of one-third of the cost towards the overall grant provision.  

You can register your interest online using the form at the bottom of the page. Even if you are not eligible for the current schemes, you can use the form to tell us if you are interested in other schemes that may be available in future.

How it works

The current schemes run until March 2023 and aim to improve poorly insulated homes for low-income residents in properties with an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) Rating of E or below. The funding can be used for the following energy-efficiency improvements:

  • Solid wall insulation (internal or external)
  • Cavity wall insulation 
  • Underfloor insulation 
  • Loft insulation 
  • Room-in-roof insulation
  • Park home insulation  
  • Air source heat pump 
  • Solar PV panels  
  • High heat retention storage heaters

Please note that all measures are subject to the property receiving a satisfactory survey from a qualified installer and being technically and financially feasible under the funding available within the programmes. 

Am I eligible?

You may qualify for the funding if the following statements apply to you: 

  • Your home has an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of E, F or G.. You can find out if your property has an EPC rating and don’t worry if it hasn’t, a survey can be carried out on your home as part of the scheme.

And either: 

  • You have a total household annual income of £30,000 or less (before housing costs/bills)  

Or:

  • You receive a means-tested benefit, subject to approval.

The following benefits are eligible for this programme:

  • Child Tax Credit (CTC)
  • Working Tax Credit (WTC)
  • Housing Benefit
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • Income-related Employment & Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Income Support (IS)
  • Pension Guarantee Credit
  • Pension Savings Credit
  • Universal Credit (UC)

How to register your interest

If you would like to register your interest in the current schemes (subject to availability) and any future funding schemes that become available, either complete the register of interest form below or email us directly at retrofit@oxfordshire.gov.uk.                                         

    Register your interest online