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Homelife Carlisle - Home Improvement Agency (HIA)

Housing Grants available through Homelife your local Home Improvement Agency

Safe and Warm Grants

Homelife image of man repairing boilerQR CodeAre you a home owner? Homelife Carlisle has various fully funded home improvement grants to help you and your family stay safe and warm, promote independence in your home and to keep you healthy and well in your home.

Safe and Warm Grants can be awarded for various home improvements including improving your heating, electrical upgrades, double-glazing, damp-proofing or to reduce risks and accidents up to £7,500 per household. To qualify a member of your household should have a health condition or disability or be a carer or be over 60 years of age and have savings less than £23,500.

You do not have to be in receipt of a welfare benefit but if you do receive a benefit, including tax credits, then you may qualify. If any works are required to facilitate a hospital discharge then there is no means-test. If you are a private or social housing tenant then you may be eligible for a safe and warm grant for key-safes, draught-proofing or deep-cleans.

Energy Efficiency Grants

Are you a home owner? Want to be warmer in your home?

Homelife Carlisle is offering grants for insulation and heating upgrades including first time central heating, extra radiators and fire replacements, draught-proofing for all types of fuel including renewable energy.

To be eligible for a discretionary energy efficiency grant you should be a home owner and be in receipt of a specified welfare benefit or tax credits.

ECO and ECO Flexible Eligibility funding

Homelife Carlisle is working with approved installers to offer a broad range of insulation and heating solutions under our local flexible eligibility (LA Flex) Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme. There is a broad range of eligibility criteria so check our ‘Statement of Intent’ downloadable on this page to see if you are eligible. We are particularly keen to target privately owned and rented homes that either:

  • Do not have full gas central heating or are in a rural area and no mains gas; or
  • That have an EPC rating of D, E, F or G; or
  • Are on a low income; or
  • Receive welfare benefits or tax credits; or
  • Have persons over 60 or children under five years old; or
  • Have a health condition affected by cold.

Are you a landlord? Are you a private tenant and feeling cold in your home?

Check if you are eligible for funding towards energy efficiency measures including insulation and energy efficient heating. If your privately rented home has an EPC of F or G then your landlord is obligated to improve the energy performance rating of your property under Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards legislation.

We have ‘offers’ for landlords to help them comply with the legislation. To check the Energy Performance rating (EPC) of your home visit:

Warmer Communities

Free Energy Advice and Home Surveys

Warmer Communities Logo Award winning heating and insulation suppliers Thrift Energy have teamed up with Homelife Carlisle to launch Warmer Communities Carlisle. It offers home surveys to help Carlisle and district residents lower their heating bills and increase energy efficiency. They also provide access to a wide-range of funding to enable households to secure the necessary for heating and insulation measures installed in their home including: cavity and solid wall insulation, loft and room in roof insulation, air source heat pumps, electric storage heaters, and boilers. There is also funding for free gas connections to the gas network. For more information and support contact Warmer Communities Carlisle on 01228 812867 or visit


Dementia Friendly Grants

We have non means-tested grants up to the value of £3,000 to help people with dementia or memory problems make changes to the home that would support them to live in their own home safely and for longer. Examples of measures may be:

  •  Colour and contrast decorating
  •  Carbon monoxide/ cold / heat alarms
  •  Lighting
  •  Safety flooring
  •  Key- safes
  •  Digital technology

Foundations Independant Living Trust ( F.I.L.T.) Grants:

Npower Health Through Warmth Crisis Grants

Family in a warm home imageHomelife Carlisle are able to apply for FILT npower Health Through Warmth (HTW) grants towards new heating and home energy efficiency measures as well as heating repairs on behalf of residents. To qualify applicants need be a home owner and have a long-term, cold related illness made worse by cold living conditions due to inadequate heating or insulation. You do not have to be a customer of Npower. Types of Measures that CAN receive HTW Crisis Fund contributions:

  • Loft and cavity wall insulation
  • Gas fires*
  • Electric fires*
  • Storage heaters*
  • Boilers*
  • Central heating (e.g. boiler and up to 5 radiators)
  • Hot water tank* and tank jackets
  • Additional heating supply or repairs e.g. bathroom heater
  • Draught-proofing of existing doors and windows
  • ECO contributions up to £1000 *Repair or replacement if broken or if condemned or parts obsolete Gas Safe grants

Gas Safety Charity Grants

Homelife also have grants up to £500 from Gas Safety to provide prevent the risk of unsafe gas appliances. The following types of work may be carried out using the Gas Safe Scheme funding:

  • Gas Safety Checks
  • Gas Boiler and Fire Servicing
  • Gas Boiler Repairs
  • Gas Cookers,
  • Gas Fires
  • Gas Pipework
  • Gas Water Heaters

This scheme is available to all Carlisle and district residents who live in privately owned accommodation AND have a disability or have low household income. For more information or to apply for a Discretionary Housing Grant please complete the downloadable application form on this page and return it with evidence of household income, savings and any health issues as required by post or by emailing: [email protected] or Tel: 01228 817111

Statement of Intent

Carlisle City Council’s Statement of Intent for the ECO flexible eligibility scheme in our area can be downloaded below

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