Homes in South Holland could benefit from a share of £7.2million in green home grants

Residents of South Holland could receive a share of £7.2million to improve the energy efficiency of their homes.

The South and East Lincolnshire Councils Partnership, which includes South Holland District Council, Boston Borough Council and East Lindsey District Council, has received a total of £7,254,966 to deliver the next phase of Green Homes Grants awards, known as the Sustainable Warmth, to private homeowners and landlords across the sub-region.

Funding between £5,000 and £25,000 will be given to properties to undertake energy efficiency improvements such as attic, cavity, basement, external/internal wall insulation, kitchen upgrades energy-efficient lighting, solar panels, drafts and low-carbon heating measures such as air or ground source heat pumps.

The grant money will be available for homes in South Holland

Councilor Peter Coupland, holder of South Holland’s financial portfolio, said in a joint statement with the other councils: “We are delighted that this funding has been awarded to implement the Sustainable Warmth program and we are delighted that our residents are benefiting financing by reducing their carbon footprint and increasing the efficiency of their homes.

The Sustainable Warmth program is made up of two programs that support low-income households. The Home Upgrade Grant (HUG1) aims to improve the energy efficiency of off-grid properties in England. Local Authority Delivery Phase 3 (LAD3) is for properties connected to the town gas network and has grants capped at £10,000 (£5,000 for landlords).

To be eligible for the grant, households must have an E, F or G energy performance rating and a household income below £30,000. Once eligible, an independent assessor will inspect each property and make recommendations based on its energy performance.

The funding, provided by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, follows two successful applications – the first as a direct award to councils and the second as part of a led consortium bid by Midlands Energy Hub.

Funding was split between the three sub-regions, with East Lindsey totaling £3,629,966, Boston a total of £1,850,000 and South Holland the remaining £1,775,000. The program will be provided by The Partnership as the three councils work together to provide the funding to borough and district residents.

This is the first major project since the formation of The Partnership and is an important program for residents of Boston, East Lindsey and South Holland. If households are eligible, the Sustainable Warmth project could help residents save an average of £350-400 on their annual energy bills.

The Sustainable Warmth program will start on April 1, 2022, and more details on the program criteria and how to apply will be released in due course.

Details of the current Green Homes Grant scheme can be found at https://www.e-lindsey.gov.uk/greenhomesgrant