The Warm Homes Fund is a £150 million fund funded by the National Grid and administered by Affordable Warmth Solutions (AWS). The fund aims to help make households warmer, healthier and cheaper to heat. Running over 3-years, the Fund provides capital funding for the installation of affordable heating solutions in fuel poor households who do not use mains gas as their primary heating fuel. This can include:
- Condensing Gas
- Oil and LPG boilers
- Air and Ground Source Heat Pumps
- Bio Mass Boilers; etc.
The Fund is open to bids from local authorities, housing associations and their partners and is split in to three categories focusing on urban, rural and health-related solutions.
The key, but not exclusive, focus for this round is on rural homes and communities – some of the most severely fuel poor households are those without a mains gas connection in rural locations.
Successful proposals will highlight:
- The number of fuel poor households supported
- Strategic fit with the Governments Fuel Poverty Strategy
- Value for money
- The benefit created i.e. energy efficiency increases and bill savings
- Strength of delivery plans, project management and assurance of delivery.
Early bids are encouraged as all installations must be completed and reported to WHF by 28th February 2022. However, it is likely that there will be a further opportunity to secure funding through a round 4 over the summer of 2019.
The closing date for applications to this Round is midday on 8th February 2019.