Grants & loans

Home Energy Efficiency Programme for Scotland; Area Based Scheme

Funds are being targeted at areas prioritised by Energy Company Obligation (ECO) legislation, which reflect the areas most in need.

Measures include: Solid Wall Insulation

For further information on the schemes, qualifying criteria, measures available and application process for each area, please select one of the following links or call the Scottish Government Home Energy Scotland Hotline free on 0808 808 2282.

South Ayrshire    East Ayrshire    Dumfries & Galloway

Central Heating Assistance Program (CHAP)

What can I get?

The scheme offers £500 grants towards new or replacement systems. The installer can be of the householder’s choice but must be Gas safe/Oftec or Select registered and must be installing an A+ rated system.

Who can benefit?

People who are over 60 and spend more than 10% of their income on fuel bills.

People with an income of up to £17,500 who do not receive benefits but who spend more than 10% on fuel bills.

People who are in Council tax band D-H and spend more than 10% of their income on fuel bills.

How do I apply?

Contact Ruth Sutherland who will send out an application form.

Householder needs to get 3 quotes and submit with the application form.

On receipt, Ruth will arrange to visit to check qualification and then give authorisation.

Householder then arranges install and lets Ruth know when invoice received.  She will then arrange to view the new system and will pass invoice for grant payment.  Money paid direct to bank account or by cheque, normally within 7 days.

Call Ruth on 01292 525515 or 521896

HEEPS: Cashback Scheme

Claim up to £1,300 through the Scottish Government’s HEEPS: Cashback scheme. Additional premiums are available to properties that are classified as being in a remote rural area of Scotland*. 

The Scottish Government is offering owner occupiers, private and social tenants and registered private sector landlords a rebate towards installing eligible energy efficiency measures for properties that are in council tax bands A to C. The measures must be recommended in a pre-install Green Deal Advice Report for the property.

Funding is divided into categories with up to £500 available for installing a new boiler, up to £400 for insulation measures and up to £300 for other measures like draught proofing or secondary glazing.  Funding was previously available for installing solid wall insulation but this has now been fully allocated.  If you are still interested in this measure please call Home Energy Scotland on 0808 808 2282. 

Additional premiums are also available to households which are classified as living in a remote rural area of Scotland.  Applicants who install at least one eligible measure and claim funding through the scheme are also entitled to a maximum of £100 towards the cost of their Green Deal Advice Report.

The scheme is available on a first come, first served basis and is subject to available funding.

Before applying for a voucher all householders must first contact Home Energy Scotland on 0808 808 2282 to be referred for the scheme.  

HEEPS: Warmer Homes Scotland Scheme

Who is the scheme for?

Warmer Homes Scotland is designed to help vulnerable people make their homes warmer and more comfortable by installing a range of energy saving measures. The Scottish Government is offering assistance to homeowners and private sector tenants struggling to heat their home, who have lived in their property for at least six months, and who meet the qualifying criteria. 

What support is available?

The measures offered will depend on a survey of the property. If you have had assistance through a Government programme before, you can still apply for Warmer Homes Scotland if you meet the qualifying criteria. Assessors will recommend measures suitable for the property, including a range of insulation and heating measures, and in most cases costs will be met by the Scottish Government. There will be a need for customer contributions in some instances for certain more expensive measures, such as solid wall insulation. Potential measures include:

  • Wall insulation
  •  Loft insulation
  •  Draught-proofing
  • Central heating
  • Renewables

For more information about the scheme, and to check if you qualify, please contact Home Energy Scotland free on 0808 808 2282.

HEEPS: Loan Scheme

Apply for an interest free loan of up to £15,000 for installing a variety of measures such as solid wall insulation, double glazing or a new boiler.

The HEEPS Loan scheme is open to owner occupiers and registered private sector landlords in Scotland. . The repayment period varies based on the amount you intend to borrow but those taking out higher value loans will be able to pay back over 10 years.

What do I need to do next?

To make an application, call Home Energy Scotland on 0808 808 2282, who will arrange for an application form to be sent out. To read more click here