How Will the Green Homes Grant Voucher Scheme Work?

THE GREEN HOMES GRANT is a government scheme to give householders a voucher of £5000 to get energy saving home improvement work done.

Towards the end of August 2020 homeowners in England can apply for vouchers worth up to two thirds of the cost of hiring tradespeople.

Work must be completed by TrustMark registered businesses only.

Those on lower incomes can apply for a 100% grant up to £10,000.

The vouchers will be issued from the end of September 2020 and will be available until the end of March 2021.

How it will work

The available measures under the scheme are split into ‘primary’ and ‘secondary’ categories. Households will need to install at least one primary measure to qualify for funding.

Primary Measures

  • Insulation: Solid wall, cavity wall, under-floor, loft, flat roof, room in roof, park home.
  • Low carbon heat: Air source heat pump, ground source heat pump, solar thermal

Top ups are allowed (e.g. additional loft insulation up to the recommended level, solid wall insulation for other walls where a wall has been previously insulated), but replacements are not included.

You must do a primary measure to qualify for secondary measure funding.

So long as there is at least one primary measure in the package of works, households will also be able to install secondary measures.

Secondary measures

Secondary measures can only be subsidised up to the amount of subsidy provided for primary measures. For example, if a household receives £1,000 for primary measures, they can only receive a maximum of £1,000 towards secondary measures.

The secondary measures are:

  • Draught proofing
  • Windows and doors: Double/triple glazing (where replacing single glazing), secondary glazing (in addition to single glazing), upgrading to energy efficient doors (where replacing doors installed prior to 2002).
  • Heating controls and insulation: appliance thermostats, hot water tank thermostats, hot water tank insulation, smart heating controls, zone controls, delayed start thermostat, thermostatic radiator valves

For low-carbon heating to be installed, households will need to have adequate insulation (e.g. wall and loft, where applicable). These can be installed as part of a package – they do not have to already be there.

Who can apply for the vouchers?

For vouchers up to £5,000, the following can apply:

  • All owner-occupied homes (including long-leaseholders, shared ownership)
  • Landlords of private rented sector domestic properties
  • Landlords of social sector domestic properties (including LA owned homes)
  • Park home owners (for residential sites including Gypsy and Traveller sites)

New-build domestic properties and non-domestic properties are not eligible.

For the low-income scheme, only owner-occupied properties and park homes are eligible.

Households receiving income-based or disability benefits would be eligible for a fully funded package of measures.

Applications are made through the Simple Energy Advice service which has an eligibility checking page here and will also provide a list of tradespeople to carry out work

Eligibility for low-income scheme with £10,000 voucher

People qualify for the Green Home Grants low-income scheme if they receive at least one of the following benefits:

  • Income based Jobseekers allowance (JSA)
  • Income based Employment & Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Income Support (IS)
  • Pension Guarantee Credit
  • Working Tax Credit (WTC)
  • Child Tax Credits (CTC)
  • Universal Credit (UC)
  • Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
  • Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Carer’s Allowance
  • Severe Disablement Allowance
  • Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
  • Contribution based Jobseekers allowance (JSA)
  • Contribution based Employment & Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Housing benefit


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