Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund: Wave 2.2
The Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund is available to social housing landlords to upgrade social housing stock currently below EPC C, to bring them up to that standard Homes, both on and off the gas grid, are eligible for funding.
There is no income-related eligibility requirement for social housing tenants, although applicants may wish to consider the income profile of tenants to determine how best to make progress towards reducing fuel poverty, a key objective of the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund. Applicants may also wish to consider whether properties containing tenants who are particularly vulnerable to the cold are best to target for retrofit.
Eligible applicants include:
- Local authorities
- Combined authorities
- Registered providers of social housing
- Registered charities that own social housing
- Arms-Length Management Organisations that are not registered providers as part of a consortium led by an organisation that is eligible to lead a bid
All existing social housing - as defined by the Housing and Regeneration Act 2008 (sections 68- 70), below EPC C owned by applicants, as defined in Section 2.1, are eligible for Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund Wave 2.2 funding, regardless of archetype (including high rise blocks). Homes retrofitted in a previous wave of the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund are not eligible.
Homes both on and off the gas grid - are eligible for funding. There is no income-related eligibility requirement for social housing tenants, although applicants may wish to consider the income profile of tenants to determine how best to make progress towards reducing fuel poverty, a key objective of the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund. Applicants may also wish to consider whether properties containing tenants who are particularly vulnerable to the cold are best to target for retrofit.
Non-social homes - Private domestic homes, such as those owned by leaseholders may be eligible for funding under Wave 2.2 Infill Policy on non-social homes. Please refer to the Infill Policy for further information.
Landlords who have been successful in receiving funding through Wave 2.1 of the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund, and have signed a Grant Funding Agreement with The Department for Energy Security and Net Zero, either directly or as part of a consortia, will not be eligible to apply for Wave 2.2 with their stock.
Organisations that received Wave 2.1 funding may lead a consortium for Wave 2.2, providing they do not retrofit their own stock.
Please refer to the Competition Guidance for further information.
Funding is provided in line with the UK’s obligations and commitments to subsidy control, both internationally and under the Subsidy Control Act. Further information can be found within the Subsidy Control Act and the government’s statutory guidance for the United Kingdom subsidy control regime.
Please see the application guidelines accessible via useful links below.
Eligible installers should provide details of their contractors, procurement status and TrustMark registration or equivalent; and where applicable their Microgeneration Certification Scheme certification status. All installers are required to be TrustMark registered or equivalent, and compliant with corresponding requirements. All projects must be compliant with PAS 2035:2023 retrofitting dwellings for improved energy efficiency.
Eligible measures are any energy efficiency and heating measures compatible with the Standard Assessment Procedure that will help improve the energy performance of homes, excluding heating systems that are solely fuelled by fossil fuels.
Applicants are expected to focus on measures that will help lower household energy bills. This includes, but is not limited to, energy efficiency measures (such as wall, loft, and underfloor insulation) and low-carbon heating technologies.
One of the core objectives of the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund is to support progress for the UK to reach its net zero target by 2050. Therefore, fossil fuel measures, such as the installation of a new fossil fuel-based heating system, or the replacement or repair of an existing fossil fuel-based heating system with another fossil fuel-based heating system, are not in scope.
For eligible heating measures that are in scope see section 2.10.1 of the competition guidance on low-carbon heating.
Please also refer to funding and eligible costs.