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Sustainable Warmth Funding

The Sustainable Warmth Funding (SWF) scheme aims to raise the energy efficiency of low-income and low-energy performance homes (those with energy performance certificate (EPC) ratings of E, F, or G - limited funding is available for Band D properties), helping reduce fuel poverty, phasing out high-carbon fossil fuel heating, and delivering progress towards the UK's commitment to net zero by 2050.

The scheme is now only available to properties that do not use gas as a main heating fuel.

Funding is available to deliver a range of retrofit measures for eligible owner-occupied and privately rented properties. It is envisaged that for owner-occupied properties the improvements will be fully funded; private rented properties will need a contribution from the landlord of at least a third of the total cost. Private rented tenants should discuss this opportunity with your landlord before applying.

Properties in the St Helens Borough Council area that do not use gas as the main heating fuel and with a low-energy efficiency rating - E, F and G (a limited number of Band D properties are also eligible) - may be able to benefit from the scheme. Some of the improvements potentially available include:

  • Solid wall, cavity wall or loft insulation
  • Low-carbon heating
  • Solar panels
  • Low-energy lighting
  • Heating control upgrades

To be eligible for the funding you must:


  • Your property must be off the gas network or not use gas as a main heating fuel.


  • The Energy Performance rating of your home should be Band E, F or G (a limited number of Band D properties are also eligible). If the property doesn't have an Energy Performance Certificate an assessment will be carried out. Check if your property has an Energy Performance Certificate.

If you think you may qualify for the scheme, please complete an initial application online or call Next Energy on 0800 021 3145.

Next Energy will arrange to complete an application and collect evidence of eligibility. Following an approved application, you will be provided with expert advice and an in-depth survey to help you get the most suitable works for you and your home.

Funding is limited and will be allocated at the discretion of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, the lead authority for the scheme.