Funding
Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF)

The GDHIF was launched in June 2014 with £450 million in vouchers over a three year period to be made available for householders throughout England and Wales to help them to make energy efficiency improvements to their homes.

An additional £100 million in vouchers was announced in October 2014. The scheme has proven to be extremely popular with the first release of £120 million in vouchers closing in July 2014 after just 8 weeks. The second release of £30 million in vouchers closed in December 2014 after just 36 hours. The third release of £70 million in vouchers opened in March 2015, funding is currently closed for the solid wall insulation offer, although the two measure offer is still open.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) are expected to announce details of the fourth release soon.

How the GDHIF Works

From midday on Monday 16th March 2015 up to £70 million in vouchers will be available for householders throughout England and Wales to help them make energy efficiency improvements to their homes.

Through this third release of funding for the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund there will be up to £5,600 available to help with the cost of installing energy saving measures such as solid wall insulation, double glazing, boilers, cavity wall and floor insulation.

Through this third release of funding, domestic energy customers can now receive:

  • up to £3,750 for installing solid wall insulation and/or
  • up to £1,250 for installing two measures from an approved list
  • Up to £100 refunded for their Green Deal Assessment if they go on to install measures through the scheme.

A rebate towards the cost of a Green Deal Advice Report is subject to a successful voucher application, the installation of the eligible measures through the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund and compliance with the scheme terms and conditions.

In addition, there’ll also be up to £500 available for people who apply to the fund within 12 months of buying a new home. Further customer terms and conditions apply.

The first two releases of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund were incredibly popular.

Demand for this latest release is likely to be huge and the £70 million is expected to be allocated quickly.

Once the funding under each category has been committed, no more applications will be taken for that category – although applications will still be taken for the other category if funds are still available. You will need a separate email address for each application you make, or a separate email if you have applied in the past and are intending to apply again.

Remember, people applying for the scheme must be the owner or occupier of the property they are improving. Managing agents will not be eligible to apply under the scheme.

DECC may vary the terms of the scheme (including the incentive rates) or suspend or close the scheme, with immediate effect, without notice and at any time.

The Green Deal Home Improvement Fund has been an incredibly popular scheme and funds are limited.

GDHIF – How to Claim

You may be able to claim back money from the government if you make energy-saving home improvements.

The Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) will accept new applications from midday on Monday 16th March 2015.

You can get back up to 67% of the cost of installing solid wall insulation, up to £3,750.

You can also get up to £1,250 towards the cost of installing any 2 of the following:

  • a condensing gas boiler on mains gas
  • double or triple glazing as a replacement for single glazing
  • secondary glazing
  • energy efficient replacement external doors
  • cavity wall insulation
  • floor insulation
  • flat-roof insulation
  • insulation for a room in the roof
  • a replacement warm air unit
  • fan-assisted storage heaters
  • a waste water heat recovery system

You can get up to £500 more if you apply within 12 months of buying a home.

You can also claim back up to £100 towards the cost of your Green Deal Assessment if you install energy-saving improvements through the GDHIF.

This GDHIF offer may change or be withdrawn without notice at any time. The amount of funding available is limited. You may not be able to get any money back towards the cost of your Green Deal advice report.

Eligibility

To qualify all of the following must apply:

  • you’re improving a domestic property in England or Wales that you own or live in
  • you have either a Green Deal advice report or an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) that’s less than 2 years old
  • the improvements you’re applying for are covered by the scheme and recommended in your EPC or Green Deal advice report
  • you use a Green Deal provider or installer registered with the GDHIF
  • Proof of property ownership (for landlords/undertakings only)

You must also meet the scheme’s Terms and Conditions

You can’t apply if you’re already getting money back for the same improvements through other schemes, e.g. the Energy Company Obligation, Green Deal Communities, Green Deal Cashback or the first release of GDHIF.

Rented Accommodation

You can apply for the GDHIF if you’re a landlord, unless you’ve received more than ¬200,000 (£160,000) of de minimis funding in the last 3 financial years.

You can also apply if you’re a tenant in social or private rented housing. The person paying for the majority of the improvements gets the money back.

You can’t apply for the GDHIF on behalf of your clients if you’re a managing agent.

How to Claim

  1. Get a Green Deal assessment or an EPC for your property.
  2. Get and agree a quote from a Green Deal installation company that’s registered with the Home Improvement Fund.
  3. Apply for a Home Improvement Fund voucher before you start the work.
  4. Complete the work.
  5. Ask your Green Deal provider or installer to fill in the rest of the voucher.
  6. Follow the instructions on the voucher to make your claim. You must do this before the expiration date on the voucher.
  • Receive up to £3,750 for installing solid wall insulation and/or

  • up to £1,250 for installing two measures from an approved list

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