First Time Central
Heating Grants

First Time Central Heating grants are part of the government’s ECO scheme. Under this scheme qualifying homeowners could get grant to cover the cost of installing first-time central heating in their homes where there is no central heating system.

As the funding is a grant, not a loan, it doesn’t need to be repaid and could cover a large part – if not all – of the cost of installing central heating in your home.
The average cost of having a central heating system installed privately is approximately £3,500, however, qualifying homeowners taking advantage of a heating grant can save them a considerable amount of money. If you receive one of the qualifying benefits, you could be eligible for free or a heavily subsidised first-time central heating in your home. (see the qualifying benefit list)
One of the qualifying criteria for First Time Central Heating Grants is that your home must have adequate loft insulation installed and if it has cavity walls, it must have cavity wall insulation installed.
If your home doesn’t have either of these installed at the time of your application, we can arrange to do the insulation at the same time.
Once we have confirmed that you are eligible to receive the grant, we will arrange a free no obligation survey of your home and its existing heating system. After this survey we will be able to see the suitability and feasibility of the installation. We will also be able to assess if you need to contribute towards the cost or it can be done free of cost.
Once your new central heating system has been fitted, you can sit back and enjoy your new warm home with the benefit of lower energy bills as a result of your A-rated efficiency boiler. All of our boilers come with a 2-year manufacturer’s warranty for extra peace of mind.
We will then arrange a survey of your home and its existing heating system and the surveyor will complete the official grant application form on your behalf

Free First Time Heating Grants FAQs

Can I get free first-time central heating?

Free First Time Central Heating are available to both homeowners and tenants in privately rented homes.
If you are a tenant in council owned homes, in housing association homes and householders living in shared ownership homes do not qualify for free First Time Central Heating.

Will I have to contribute to the cost of the central heating installation?

In most cases, First Time Central Heating Grants will cover the full cost of installing central heating in your home.

However, in some cases you may have to make a contribution. When we carry out our initial free survey of the property, we will be able to find out if you need to contribute.

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I don't receive any of the qualifying benefits. Can I still apply?

No. In order to qualify someone living in the house must be in recipient of any one of the qualifying benefits.

I don't receive any of the qualifying benefits but someone in my home does, can I still apply?

Generally, yes.

If someone who is permanently resident in your home receives one of the qualifying benefits, we can still help. The application will have to be in their name, and you will need to prove that they live with you on a permanent basis.

Also, your address must be registered as their address with the Department of Work and Pensions so that their benefit letters have your address on them.

How do I apply?

Complete the form on our website or call us.

We will get back to you as soon as we can to let you know whether you qualify for based on the information you provide.

What does a first-time central heating grant cover?

First Time Central Heating Grants cover the cost of supplying and installing a central heating boiler together with radiators, the necessary pipework and heating control systems.

How long does it take for central heating will be installed in my home?

When the initial contact is made, we will call you back to asses to discuss your situation and the qualifying criteria.
If you qualify, we carry out an electronic check with the DWP to confirm some data. This process can take between 3 to 5 days.
Once it has been confirmed that you qualify, a survey of your home and existing boiler will be carried out. This normally takes place within a week or so of receiving DWP confirmation.
We will then book your boiler installation at your convenient time.

What if central heating has been fitted in my home but has been removed?

Free First Time Central Heating system are their purely to help pay for the installation of central heating systems in homes which ‘do not have and have not previously had a central heating system’.

What if I am not sure whether central heating has been fitted in my home before but removed?

To qualify for free First Time Central Heating homeowners, need to sign a declaration confirming the following:

“I, the owner of the premises, declare that to the best of my knowledge, at no point prior to the installation of the first time central heating, first time district heating system or first time renewable heating system, did the premises have a central heating system, district heating system, or renewable heating system nor, immediately prior to the installation, did the premises did have a working, efficient electric storage heater(s).”

Do I have to insulate my home before central heating can be installed?

To qualify for free First Time Central Heating, cavity wall insulation and roof insulation / loft insulation must be installed in your home unless it is already present prior to the installation of the central heating system.
This is to ensure that you benefit fully from the central heating system without unnecessary heat loss through the walls and roof of your home.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Own your home, or live with someone who owns the property (for boiler replacements)
  • Own your home or privately rent (for free insulation)

And

  • You, or someone that lives with you, be in receipt of one of the following benefits.

Receive one or more of the below benefits:

  • Pension Credit Guarantee Credit Element
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • Income Support
  • Working and Child Tax Credits
  • Universal Credit
  • Armed Forces Independent Payment
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Carer’s Allowance
  • Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
  • Severe Disablement Allowance
  • War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement
  • Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
  • Personal Independence Payment
  • Constant Attendance Allowance

Other eligibility criteria information:

  • If you live in a Housing Association grants are only available on properties with Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of E, F or G
  • If you live in a rented property grants are only available to rented properties with an EPC rating of A, B, C, D or E AND landlord permission is always required to complete the insultation grant application process (the installer can help you with this)

 

Child Benefit

The person claiming needs to have an annual income (from all sources) which does not exceed the amounts set out below:

For one qualifying child for which the person is responsible:

  • Single claimant – £18,500
  • Member of a couple – £25,500

For two qualifying children for which the person is responsible:

  • Single claimant – £23,000
  • Member of a couple – £30,000

For three qualifying children for which the person is responsible:

  • Single claimant – £27,500
  • Member of a couple – £34,500

For four or more qualifying children for which the person is responsible:

  • Single claimant – £32,000
  • Member of a couple – £39,000