Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund Wave 2.2: Extended deadline

Tuesday 19 December 2023

Extended deadline for £80m top-up social housing energy efficiency fund

Social housing landlords who want to bid for a £80m fund to install energy efficiency measures in socially rented homes now have longer to apply, thanks to an extended deadline.

Government has extended the deadline for prospective bidders to apply for the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund Wave 2.2 top up fund.

What does this mean?

  • This means eligible social housing landlords will have until Wednesday 31 January 2024 at 23.59pm to submit applications via the dedicated application portal.
  • The previous deadline was January 19, 2024.
  • Documents including the application form, competition guidance and clarification questions, and associated templates such as the draft Grant Funding Agreement (GFA) – are available on GOV.UK.
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Where can applicants go for support with the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund Wave 2.2?

Applicants can also get free support from the Social Housing Retrofit Accelerator (SHRA), to help with their application. This includes access to masterclasses, workshops, training and guidance covering key components of domestic retrofit.

The Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund, Wave 2.2, opened on November 20 2023 and will allocate up to £80m in grant funding to eligible social housing landlords, including local authorities and housing associations, so they can install energy-efficiency measures such as insulation and heat pumps in socially rented homes, supporting some of the most fuel poor households in the country.

Earlier rounds of the fund have allocated more than £1bn since 2019 to improve more than 100,000 homes. This top up will help upgrade around a further 9,500 social homes, which the Government says will save tenants on average of around £240 a year on their fuel bills and cutting carbon emissions.

  • The latest wave of funding is targeted at organisations that did not receive funding under Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund Wave 2.1 in March 2023, and bidders will be required to deliver the upgrades between 2024 and March 2026.
  • On Monday 18 December 2023, £6 billion funding from 2025 to 2028 was announced to support families, business, and industry to cut energy use and bills.
  • As part of this the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund, was allocated an additional £1.25bn to support up to 140,000 social homes to be insulated or retrofitted, improving energy performance and lowering bills.

Who is eligible?

The competition is open to local authorities, combined authorities, registered providers of social housing (including housing associations and arms-length management organisations (ALMOs) that are registered providers), and registered charities that own social housing.

Landlords who have been successful in receiving funding through Wave 2.1 of the SHDF (with a signed grant funding agreement), either directly or as part of a consortium, will not be eligible to apply for Wave 2.2 with their stock.