Grants to help you on your Net Zero journey
Green Homes Grants
The Green Homes Grant scheme which gave homeowners in England vouchers to help cover the cost of energy efficiency improvements to their home is now closed to new applicants. If you applied before the deadline on 31st March, you should still be able to get the measures installed if you meet the criteria.
The scheme has been replaced by £300 million extra funding nationwide for green home upgrades, as well as new funding delivered through local authorities to help lower income households to cut emissions and save money on bills. Action Surrey is an impartial energy advice service set up by local councils across Surrey as well as Surrey County Council. You can call them on 0800 783 2503. Their website has details of the new Green Jump Surrey project, through which funding is available for eligible households.
Eligible owner-occupied households can use the funding to install a combination of energy efficiency improvements including:
Cavity wall insulation
Solid wall insulation
Park home insulation
Loft insulation up to the recommended
270 mm including top-ups
Air source heat pump
Solar hot water system
Note that funding availability is time limited.
Renewable Heat Incentive
The Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) gives households money towards renewable home heating costs. Payments are made for 7 years and are based on the amount of renewable heat made by your heating system.
The non-domestic RHI scheme which pays businesses for their renewable heat energy closed to new applications from April 2021, but the domestic RHI (which is open to UK homeowners) will be open to applicants until the end of March 2022.
Tree and hedgerow grants
We will bring you more information on these when we launch the Churt tree planting initiative later this year, but in the meantime, you can check out the funding opportunities on Surrey’s New Tree Strategy webpage and the Forestry Commission’s rather complex information on Woodland Grants and Incentives – which fortunately also has a comparison table.
The Woodland Trust also offers a range of schemes. including subsidised tree packs and trees for your farm.
For community trees, funding opportunities include:
Woodland Trust - Free trees for schools and communities
Tree Council - Branching out fund: Local community tree planting support and free tree packs for schools