Is there a minimum or maximum size project you are expecting to see from an individual or joint LA bid ?

As funds are limited, we want to set a minimum bid level of £250,000 to encourage scale and therefore hopefully more competitive pricing. As we’ve stated in the guidelines we are looking for ambition and as the delivery window is...

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In the application you ask for a breakdown of Finders Fees – what do you mean by that?

This relates to how you intend to target the fuel poor households requiring first time central heating and, in particular, where specific agencies or contract partners provide leads.  It may be that this has previously formed part of the project...

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You have said that you are not looking for standalone bids in lot 2. Can you clarify why this is the case?

Lot 2 is effectively a replacement for what was previously known as Category 3.  We have seen a number of successful Category 3 projects but we believe the greatest impact on fuel poverty is delivered by a combination of both...

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Your guidance refers to a pot of money available for energy efficiency measures. Can you expand on how this can be accessed?

The primary purpose of lot 1 is to provide funding for first time central heating measures.  Our expectation is that other industry schemes will be accessed to ensure that insulation measures can be funded and installed prior to the heating...

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Is VAT to be applied to Quarterly Funding Instalment Payment Requests?

In the event that a bidder is successful and enters into a Recipient Agreement with AWS, the agreement makes it clear that there is no VAT chargeable on the amount of any Funding Instalment

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Can you provide more clarity regarding your expectations of VAT rates and what you will and will not fund

VAT legislation is complex and the application of the standard or the reduced rate of VAT to the supply of both materials and cost of services in relation to the installation of materials for a central heating system and/or other...

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Can existing staff and infrastructure costs (e.g. call centre costs) be included within matched funding as ‘contributions in kind’?

In submitting your application, it is important that you capture all costs and sources of funding within Section D of the application form.  The element of the staff and infrastructure costs that relate to your bid must be included within...

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Are we able to submit appendices in support of our application?

Appendices can be used if necessary to provide additional detail, but you should ensure that any key points are included within the standard application form template. In the guidance at paragraph 1.5.1 (page 6) we have also requested that, where...

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If an organisation was successful in an earlier round, are they precluded from bidding in later rounds?

No.  

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Who can apply? Are joint bids acceptable?

Local Authorities (LAs) and Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) are able to directly apply to the WHF. Other commercial organisations such as community groups, charities and private landlords are expected to be part of a bid from a LA or RSL...

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