Bid Window Announcement


The Warm Homes Fund (WHF) is a £150million fund provided by National Grid and administered by Affordable Warmth Solutions (AWS) across England, Scotland and Wales.

Since 2017, the Warm Homes Fund (WHF) has been successful in funding the installation of more than 21,000 first time central heating systems and enabling the delivery of income maximisation and energy advice which has realised benefits of over £30m to fuel poor households.

The Warm Homes Fund wish to invite bids for the next phase of the programme through to August 2024. Consistent with the general political landscape, we wish to shift the emphasis of the programme to low-carbon solutions. Our aim is to align the remaining funds with Government initiatives such as the Home Upgrade Grant and Green Homes Grant and will continue to make funds available for advice services which have a key role to play beyond the installation of physical measures in lifting households out of fuel poverty

New Bid Window

Bids are invited from Local Authorities (LAs) and Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) and it is expected that they will work with contractors and other agencies to deliver their bids.  AWS are looking for scale in the bids and, with a delivery period of two years until the planned programme closure, projects must have clear plans for mobilisation from 1st April 2022.

While the focus is now moving towards low carbon solutions, the principles of the fund remain the same and will be used to supplement existing local initiatives and other funds to demonstrate additionality. Applications are invited across two lots with programmes to be delivered from 1st April 2022 to 31st March 2024.

  • Lot 1 – Low carbon first time central heating solutions. Unlike in prior WHF funding rounds, there is no distinction between urban and rural settings and low carbon heating solutions will be eligible, regardless of location.
  • Lot 2 – Specific energy efficiency/health related solutions – programmes which bring together relevant organisations and charities to promote energy efficiency and/or health related programmes in relation to fuel poverty. We anticipate that bids will only be made in Lot 2 if a Lot 1 application has also been made, and consequently funding will only be awarded to an organisation who is successful in Lot 1.

We are particularly interested in bids from LAs who have not been able to access the Home Upgrade Grant.

Bid Timetable

Bids are invited to be submitted by midday on 21st January 2022. Bids are invited from LAs and RSLs working with other local partners with successful bidders notified by early March 2022. Unfortunately, we will not be able to provide individual feedback to unsuccessful bidders.

The Guidance for Bidders and Application Forms are now available on the WHF website, together with Frequently Asked Questions.

 

If you have any questions, please contact: whf@awscic.org.uk