WHF

                                      Round 3 Announcement and future timetable


Round 3 Bid Window

The bid window for round 3 is now open. Bids are invited for all three categories up to midday on 8th February 2019. Bids are invited from Local Authorities and Registered Social Landlords whether you have been successful or unsuccessful in previous rounds of bidding. You may submit your bid at any time, but bids will not be evaluated until after the 8th February 2019. WHF evaluation and selection process will take place through February and early March 2019 with successful bidders notified by the end of March 2019. A series of WHF presentations are currently being arranged through early January (subject to bidder interest) and dates/locations will be notified shortly.

The Guidance for Bidders and Application Forms for all three categories have been amended slightly and are now available on the WHF website (link below), together with update Frequently Asked Questions. A key, but not exclusive, focus of round 3 will be schemes which address fuel poverty in rural areas. All installations must be completed and reported to WHF by 28th February 2022.

Future Bid Windows

There will be a further opportunity to submit bids following round 3. The timetable is yet to be finalised but it’s likely the bid window will open after the award of round 3 (March 2019) with contracts awarded during the summer of 2019. Details of the timetable will be posted on the WHF website once finalised.

 

December 2018

 

                                                      WHF

                   November 2018 update and announcement of further workshops

 

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. It is primarily designed to incentivise the installation of affordable heating solutions in fuel poor households who do not use mains gas currently as their primary heating fuel. It is envisaged that this fund will be used to supplement local initiatives and existing funding streams.

The fund is split into three broad categories:  

  • Category 1: Urban homes and communities
  • Category 2: Rural homes and communities
  • Category 3: Specific energy efficient/health related solutions  

The fund has a series of bidding rounds, with applications invited from local authorities and registered social landlords, working with their local partners.

Round 2a Update

We would like to thank all bidders who participated in round 2a which closed in September. A total of 52 applications were received across all three categories. Taken together with round 2 (bidders were invited to apply in one round or the other, not both) we received in excess of 150 applications.

23 applicants are now progressing through to contract discussions, representing around £18.7m of funding, and the installation of c.6,400 first time central heating systems. The majority of successful applicants have been notified of the outcome of their bids and we will provide further information, including split by government administrations, once contracts are finalised. We are not in a position to provide individual feedback to unsuccessful bidders. 


Approximately £78.1m has now been allocated from the fund, comprising £49.1m in category 1, £20.6m in category 2 and £8.4m in category 3.

Future Bid Windows

The bid window for round 3 will open on 4th December and close at midday on 8th February 2019. Updated guidance and application forms relating to round 3 will be available on the WHF website ahead of the opening of the bid window. A key focus of round 3 will be schemes which address fuel poverty in rural areas. Although early bids are encouraged (all installations must be completed and reported to WHF by 28th February 2022) it is now likely that there will be a further opportunity to secure funding through a round 4 over the summer. 

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

 

Future Workshops 

Following the success of last year’s roadshows in providing further information about the fund and expectations of bids, AWS are again offering this opportunity to eligible organisations.

If there is an appetite, we would like to hold a workshop in the West Midlands area during December with the remaining dates week commencing 14th January with precise locations to be determined. In order that we can plan the workshops in the most suitable locations, if you would like to attend please reply to brian.hart@nea.org.uk indicating which location(s) would be best for you.

An indication by Friday 23 November will enable us to secure venues as soon as possible.

The potential cities are:

  • Birmingham (please state whether December or January preferable)

  • London

  • Leeds or York (please indicate first and second choice)

  • Nottingham or Sheffield (please indicate first and second choice)

  • Glasgow or Edinburgh (please indicate first and second choice)

 

Please also let us know if you have another preferred location, and if popular we will endeavour to hold a workshop there.Please reply by 23 November 2018 to brian.hart@nea.org.uk

 

 

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                                            Warm Homes Update - November 2018   

 

The bid window for round 2a is now closed and bids are currently being evaluated. Successful bidders will be notified by the end of November 2018. As with previous bidding rounds, unfortunately we will not  be able to provide individual feedback to unsuccessful bidders.

Round 3 bid window will be open on the 3rd December 2018 and will close at midday on Friday 8th February 2019. Updated bid documentation will be available on the website by the end on November 2018.    

                             

                                                       WHF 

                                     

                                             Warm Homes Fund – March 2018 Update

 

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. It is primarily designed to incentivise the installation of affordable heating solutions in fuel poor households who do not use mains gas currently as their primary heating fuel. It is envisaged that this fund will be used to supplement local initiatives and existing funding streams.

The fund is split into three broad categories:
                 • Category 1: Urban homes and communities
                 • Category 2: Rural homes and communities
                 • Category 3: Specific energy efficient/health related solutions


The fund has a series of bidding rounds, with applications invited from local authorities and registered social landlords, working with their local partners

Round 2 update

We would like to thank all bidders who participated in round 2 which closed in February. A total of 107 applications were received across all three categories which, as expected, was reduced from round one following our decision to allow applicants to submit bids in either February or September based on the level of confidence in their figures pending further clarity around ECO3.


40 applicants are now progressing through to contract discussions, representing around £31.5m of funding, and the installation of c.7,800 first time central heating systems. We were also pleased to see some ambitious category 3 projects which will connect fuel poor homes to the resources they need to address their particular challenges and awards in this category have grown significantly in this bidding round.


We are pleased to report that, despite the uncertainties regarding ECO funding, the costs per measure were reduced from round one meaning that the fund can reach even more fuel poor households.


The majority of successful applicants have been notified of the outcome of their bids and we will provide further information, including split by government administrations, once contracts are finalised. We are not in a position to provide individual feedback to unsuccessful bidders.


Approximately £63m has now been allocated from the fund.


By way of reminder, please note that round 2a is open and bids should be submitted by midday on 28th September.  You are only eligible to bid in this round if you did not bid in round 2 and, in respect of category 3, if you submitted an expression of interest in January 2018.  Round 3 will open on 4th December and close at midday on 8th February 2019.


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

 

WHF

 

Renewable Heat Incentive

 

At the recent Round 2 roadshows a number of questions were raised in relation to Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) payments to private households and in particular the availability of such alongside WHF funding. 

Affordable Warmth Solutions (AWS) have now received notification that Ofgem do not intend to consider WHF monies as being public funds. That being the case, we believe that applications for RHI should continue to be made to support additionality in bids to the WHF and that the recipient of the measure i.e. the householder, is able to apply for RHI funding. We would expect bidders to support householders in the RHI application process.

Whilst the final decision on individual RHI applications rests with Ofgem and there may be nuances that we have not foreseen, in most instances WHF funding should not preclude the application being successful.

 

 

 

WHF

 

 

Warm Homes Fund – Round Two: Category 3 Update

Energy Efficiency & Health Related Solutions to Fuel Poverty

To improve the quality and ambition of category 3 bids, we set out a requirement for an Expression of Interest (EOI) to be submitted by 5th January 2018. We have received 61 EOIs and have provided feedback to organisations for them to decide whether to develop a full bid.

As confirmed in our ‘Guidance for Bidders; Bid Round 2, November 2017’, category 3 bids are conditional on bidders submitting an EOI within the prescribed timescales. Therefore, if an organisation failed to submit an EOI then no bids will be accepted.

For those organisations who submitted an EOI, the following has been prepared and may provide further guidance.

Essential Criteria

Category 3 is referred to as providing energy efficiency and health related solutions. This is still within the context of fuel poverty and bidders should consider whether their application:

  1. Increases comfort in fuel poor households
  2. Helps reduce bills and allows households to keep warm for less
  3. Leverages other funding sources and develops new and existing local partnerships.  

 Successful category 3 bids will demonstrate that these aims will be met.

We are looking for bids that demonstrate ambition and innovation and those which target fuel poor households, particularly those living in the private sector. Specific points for consideration are:

  • Employing additional people to do more of the same may not be considered innovative
  • There is a lack of joined up thinking between County Councils and District and Borough Councils within the same county. A collaborative approach involving neighbouring authorities may demonstrate greater ambition and efficiencies for delivery
  • We need to understand how the proposition supports fuel poverty and what evidence you will provide to demonstrate this. Funding will be linked to demonstrable outcomes
  • Several propositions related to health referral schemes and whilst there are very worthwhile outcomes from these schemes, NHS benefits alone will not be enough to justify the use of the WHF funding
  • The emergency fund has been established exactly for that – Emergencies. It has not been established to provide blankets, thick curtains, draught proofing or installation of panel heaters

We hope that these additional notes help in developing bids which will deliver real value in addressing fuel poverty.