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Sustainable Warmth Cumbria Grants

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FREE Funding up to £25,000 for Energy Efficiency measures through Sustainable Warmth Cumbria

Please note – We are currently receiving a high volume of applications; please bear with us whilst we work through these. The Sustainable Warmth phone line is currently operating on an answering machine only basis. Your enquiries are important to us, and a member of the team will get back to you as soon as possible. Retrofitting is a long process that we know can be frustrating to those who are waiting, but any additional information can be found here on our website.

We can help eligible households to access a government grant to install energy efficient products into homes across Cumbria regardless of which local authority area you may live in. This scheme is supported by all 6 District and Borough Councils in Cumbria. These improvements will make homes warmer and more comfortable whilst helping to lower energy bills and carbon emissions. The Sustainable Warmth Cumbria scheme encompasses the Green Home Grant Local Authority Delivery Programme Phase 3 (LAD3) and Home Upgrade Grants (HUG1). 

The funding aims to boost the local economy to retrofit a minimum of 1,310 owner occupied and privately tenanted homes with energy efficiency installations and low carbon heating. Projects that upgrade homes with an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of E, F or G will be prioritised. Upgrades to properties with an EPC rating of D will be limited.

If you are interested in learning more, please get in contact with us at [email protected]. Eligible owner-occupied households can receive grant funding between £10,000 to £25,000 depending on your property and your heating type. Owner occupiers do not need to contribute any money themselves. Landlords of privately rented homes may also be eligible for funding up to £5,000 subject to a contribution of a third of the cost of the measures.

Act quick! Apply today! This is a time limited scheme.

Please email [email protected] or complete the Sustainable Warmth Application Form.

EXAMPLE ENERGY MEASURES AVALIABLE:

  • External Wall Insulation.
  • Internal wall and room in roof insulation.
  • Solar PV.
  • Loft, under-floor and cavity wall insulation.
  • Air source heat pumps.
  • Smart heating controls.
  • Single to double glazing.
  • Park home insulation.

We will be adopting a ‘fabric first’, whole house approach to ensure maximum use of the grant funding and to increase to increase your energy performance rating. You do not have to have an EPC to be eligible as we can do this as part of the programme.

TO BE ELIGIBLE, YOU MUST:

  • Live in Cumbria.
  • Be either an owner occupier or privately rent your home.*
  • Have a combined household income of less than £30,000 gross per year (if you have 3 or more household members the income may be up to £38,000 depending on your local authority’s ECO flex policy) OR be in receipt of a means-tested benefit.
  • Have an EPC rating of D, E, F or G. If you do not have an EPC then we can arrange this as part of the grant application.
  • If you have combined household savings of £50,000 or more, your application will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. This is to ensure that all grants are awarded in the spirit of the local authority scheme rules.

If you privately rent your home, you are responsible for completing the application form and for providing proof of your income. However, you must gain your landlords permission before submitting the application form. Your Landlords permission will be gained formally by the Sustainable Warmth Cumbria Project Team before any assessments can be carried out.

YOUR EPC RATING:

You can find out if your property has an EPC certificate here.

Energy performance certificate

If you do not have a valid EPC (unlisted or expired), please continue to make your application.  We can ensure that your home is accessed as a part of the scheme.

TO MAKE YOUR APPLICATION:

If you live in Cumbria and you meet the eligibility criteria - please complete and return the Sustainable Warmth Cumbria grant application form available below. Alternatively, you can email [email protected] if you need any assistance to make your application.

Please ensure that you include ALL evidence of your income with your application – your application cannot be processed until all evidence is received.

EXAMPLE EVIDENCE OF HOUSEHOLD INCOME:

  • A full copy of current  means-tested benefit or tax credits award letter showing all applicants name(s) and address(s) including council tax reduction (benefit); universal credit; tax credits; pension credit   OR
  • For evidence of wages: 2 months or 5 weeks of payslips (issued within the last 3 months)
  • For occupational pensions: 2 months’ payslips (issued within the last 3 months) or most recent current annual award letter
  • For self-employed: Most recent HMRC tax return showing annual income
  • Current non-means-tested benefit award letter (such as state retirement pension, PIP or Attendance Allowance) AND/OR
  • FULL months bank statement of each adult resident issued within last 3 months that clearly shows income.

If you have income that does not fall into these categories, or does not show on a bank statement, please contact us for further clarification.

HOW WILL WE ADMINISTER THE SUSTAINABLE WARMTH CUMBRIA SCHEME?

We will be adopting a ‘fabric first’, whole house approach to ensure maximum use of the grant funding and to increase your energy performance rating.

To administer the scheme, we have enlisted the services of multiple partners in order to deliver our measures across Cumbria.

Once you have been acknowledged as eligible by the Sustainable Warmth Cumbria Project Team (based at Carlisle City Council), your details will be passed over to the following partners who will then contact you to complete retrofit assessments and medium-term plans for your home.

Everwarm will contact residents in Cumberland (including Allerdale Borough Council, Copeland Borough Council and Carlisle City Council).

Corelogic will contact residents in Westmorland (including Barrow Borough Council, Eden District Council and South Lakes District Council).

Once your assessments are complete, they will be passed to our Managing Agents. The Managing Agents will carry out the retrofit works at your home.

A list of Managing agents can be found below:

  • Allerdale Borough Council – Everwarm
  • Barrow Borough Council – Improve Easy
  • Carlisle City Council – Union Technical
  • Copeland Borough Council – Everwarm
  • Eden District Council – Union Technical
  • South Lakeland District Council – Improve Easy

If you are contacted by any company other than those listed above, and have concerns that these Companies are not linked to the Sustainable Warmth Cumbia scheme, please email [email protected] including your name, contact telephone number address, date of contact and the name of the Company.

Act now! Apply today! This is a time limited scheme.

Homelife Carlisle Home Improvement Agency (HIA) Page

Important Information

We have been made aware of companies cold calling residents and offering low carbon measures as a part of various schemes - some of these companies are requesting bank details amongst other information. 

The SWC scheme is accessed ONLY by either completing the application form available at Carlisle.gov.uk/sustainablewarmthcumbria or via a referral from CAfS. 

Applications and eligibility checks will be dealt with by your Local Authority. Once eligibility is confirmed, your application will be passed to our Retrofit Co-Ordination providers (CoreLogic for Westmorland & Everwarm for Cumberland). 

The SWC team will not ask you to provide personal information (via phone or at your doorstep) nor hand over any monies. 

If you are unsure, please contact your Local Authority for assurance. 

The Sustainable Warmth Project Team 

Procurement For Sustainable Warmth Cumbria Scheme

We are seeking delivery partners through the method of a Dynamic Purchasing System from the Retrofit Programme Delivery Services DPS managed by Procure Plus. There will be options to apply separately to deliver to areas within Cumbria, including within the two new unitary authority areas of Cumberland (encompassing Carlisle City Council, Allerdale and Copeland Borough Councils areas) and Westmorland and Furness (encompassing Barrow-in-Furness Borough, Eden and South Lakeland areas) if suppliers do not have the capacity to deliver across the whole geographical Cumbrian area.

Delivery Partners for LOT 3 (Installers/ Managing Agents) and LOT 4 (Retrofit Co-ordination Services) are being sought via the DPS for both areas. We are seeking multiple companies to deliver LOT 3 in both areas.

We are also interested in taking expressions of interest from small and medium sized businesses who may be interested in ‘on-boarding’/sub-contracting to larger suppliers. The work will be delivered by companies on Lot 3 Retrofit Managing Agents (RMA) – Installation Delivery of the DPS. All assessment, installation and evaluation must be compliant with PAS2035, TrustMark, PAS2030:19 and MCS so the RMA appointed to this Lot must be able to provide all services using qualified operatives either via their own direct labour resource or through sub-contractors working on their behalf. RMA able to only offer single installation measures and/or multi-measure retrofit but unable to provide full PAS2035 compliance, would be unsuccessful in competitions.

Update on previous Green Homes Grant LAD2 scheme administered by Eden District Council and EON

Due to an unprecedented number of applications for the Green Homes Grant (LAD2) Scheme in Cumbria, we are pleased to say that the scheme has been very popular and has now reached its capacity. The scheme cannot accept any new applications.

The LAD2 scheme, delivered by EON, operated on a first come, first served basis and also depended on what kind of measures were available. If you have already applied to EON , EON will inform you whether you have been accepted onto the scheme and will be progressing the application. Please note that it will depend on the results of the retrofit assessment survey and what measures are still available as to whether the application will proceed further and measures installed.

If you believe that you could have met the criteria for the Green Homes Grant Scheme but have not been able to make an application before 23/03/2022, please review the details of the forthcoming Sustainable Warmth Grant Scheme available on this page.

If you wish to apply, complete and return the Expression of Interest Form to email: [email protected] or post to: Homelife Carlisle HIA, Carlisle City Council, Civic Centre, Carlisle, CA3 8QG if you have only applied directly to EON. Please ensure that you send evidence of your household income with the expression of interest form and complete all the relevant sections.

All applicants for the Sustainable Warmth Grant Scheme will be contacted once the scheme commences in June 2022. Any retrofit assessment surveys that may have already been carried out on your home may be utilised for the Sustainable Warmth Scheme.

Please note that ELIGIBLE applications for Sustainable Warmth will be decided based on the following criteria and in no particular order:

  • Date of FULL application received including income evidence.
  • The availability and practicalities of the measures assessed as being required including the scope of the project and also based on the grant funding application.
  • The worst performing properties, such as F- rated EPCs, will be prioritised.
  • Whether ancillary works are required to allow retrofitting (such as electrical/damp etc)
  • Whether the works can be carried out in the time frame of the project.

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