Social Housing Net Zero Heat Fund - development funding

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What does this involve?

This Scottish Government fund provides development support for small and medium-sized social housing providers. The development work should lead to an investment-grade, multi-year business plan, which reviews the organisation's existing housing stock and clearly sets out how it will reach net zero emissions across existing dwellings.

Reducing emissions from homes and buildings is one of the most important things that can be done to help end Scotland’s contribution to climate change. Achieving emissions reductions in buildings will require over one million homes to convert to using zero or low emissions heating systems by 2030.

Other forms of development activities can be considered, such as specialist advice and/or professional fees for the preparation of feasibility studies, cost analysis and technical surveys, as well as some costs towards relevant tenant engagement. The application must show how these activities will help your organisation reach net zero emissions across its housing portfolio.

Successful applications are also encouraged to use their plans and findings to apply for Social Housing Net Zero Heat capital funding.

The Social Housing Net Zero Heat Development fund will run from 21 February 2022 to 30 May 2022 and will provide up to £500,000 of development support for social housing providers. 

Am I eligible?

Applications will be accepted from registered social landlords, local authorities and energy service companies (ESCOs).

Projects must show that they:

  • have the potential to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions (MtCO₂e) and energy consumption
  • can deliver zero emissions heating systems and energy efficiency measures that will provide savings for social housing tenants
  • can clearly explain why they need funding and what value will be added from grant support

What does this cost?

This fund will provide between 50% and 100% match funding, depending on applicants' specific circumstances. The maximum grant funding for a single project is capped at £100,000.

Who is this for?

Registered social landlords, local authorities and energy service companies (ESCOs).

How long does this take?

Applications will be accepted until 30 May 2022. Applications will be considered in the order they are received, so you should submit your application as early as possible.

You will be informed of the outcome of your application within 4 weeks of applying.

Next steps

Visit the Scottish Government website for more information on how to apply and to read the full guidance.

Support provided by Scottish Government

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