First Time
Central Heating Grants

First Time Central Heating Grants are offered to homes that currently lack, and have never had, a central heating system installation.

All new central heating system installations are carried out by a certified home heating engineer.

Verify your eligibility today.

Apply for a first time central heating grant

A first time central heating grant requires that the new central heating system is installed in domestic property which has never had a central heating system before.

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How do I know if I qualify for a ECO4 first time central heating grant

To qualify for first time central heating grants, the new central heating system to be installed must be a system which provides space heating through a boiler connected to radiators. If your home has a mains gas supply and gas meter (which were both installed prior to 1st April 2022) you can apply for gas central heating, if not you can apply for an air source heat pump to be installed.

To be eligible for first-time central heating grants, the newly installed central heating system must offer space heating through a boiler connected to radiators. If your home is connected to both a mains gas supply and a gas meter installed before April 1, 2022, you may qualify for the installation of gas central heating. Otherwise, you have the option to apply for the installation of an air source heat pump.

To be eligible, you must be in receipt of one of the qualifying State Benefits, Tax Credits, or Other Allowances unless you meet the criteria specified under ECO Flex Rules, which are outlined below.

You must receive one of the qualifying UK Government Benefits, Tax Credits or Other Allowances:

You need to either own a home or be a tenant in a privately rented home

To qualify for a first time central heating ECO4 grant you must be a homeowner, or a tenant in a privately rented home.

Homeowners

Homeowners

Homeowners seeking eligibility for an ECO4 central heating grant must have a home with an EPC rating of D, E, F, or G. However, it's important to note that certain homes in the upper range of band D may not meet the qualification criteria.

Private Tenants

Private Tenants

Privately rented home must have an EPC rating of E, F or G to be eligible for Central Heating Grants.

Individuals who lease their homes from a local council or a housing association, as well as those in shared ownership homes, are not eligible for the first-time central heating grants scheme.

Types of existing heating system which are eligible for a first time central heating system grant

Your home must have either no existing heating system or one of the following heating systems to qualify for ECO4 grant:

The heating system in your home which is considered for eligibility for First Time Central Heating Grants is the one identified as the ‘Main Heating’ system on your Energy Performance Certificate (EPC).

It is important to note that homes must have been connected to an existing mains gas supply before March 31, 2022, to meet the criteria for a First Time Central Heating grant intended for the installation of a new mains gas central heating system.

If your home did not have a mains gas supply prior to 31st March 2022 you may qualify for an air source heat pump heating system installation.

ECO Flex Grant Scheme

The ECO Flex Grants Scheme assists individuals who, while not receiving one of the qualifying benefits above, are on a low income and susceptible to the impact of living in a cold home. Local Authorities have the ability to establish their own criteria for determining eligibility for First Time Central Heating grant within the ECO Flex Grants scheme.

There are four ways in which you may qualify under ECO Flex rules, but it must be first approved by your Local Authority:

Household Income

Households with limited income allocate a higher proportion of their earnings to maintain a warm home. As a result, low-income households without one of the qualifying benefits may be eligible for the Local Authority ECO Flex Grant Scheme.

Grant eligibility is for households with an income below £31,000.

If you do not qualify for the ECO Flex Grant Scheme, you may be able to apply for an ECO4 free boiler grant.

Vulnerable Households

Homes with an EPC rating of E, F, or G require more energy to heat. You may qualify for the ECO Flex Grants Scheme if your home has a low EPC rating, and you meet two of the following criteria:

  • You receive a Council Tax rebate (single person rebate does not qualify).
  • Someone in your household has been referred under a scheme managed by the Local Authority, aimed at providing support to low-income and vulnerable households.
  • Someone from your household is vulnerable to living in a cold home.
  • Someone from your household receives free school meals.
  • Your household has been identified as struggling with ongoing debt related to utility bills and mortgage payments. A referral for support has been made to the Local Authority by Citizens Advice Bureau, your Energy Supplier, or your Mortgage Lender.
NHS Referral

The NHS has directed you to contact your Local Authority due to the potentially severe effects of residing in a cold home.

Typically, individuals with respiratory issues, cardiovascular problems, limited mobility, or weakened immune systems are affected by such conditions.

Fuel Poverty

This is a broad option that enables Local Authorities to establish their own initiative targeting households grappling with fuel poverty.

Your Local Authority needs to present its proposals to the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy for review and approval.

Home Insulation

To be eligible for First Time Central Heating Grants, your home should be properly insulated.

This entails having sufficient loft insulation, and if your home features cavity walls, it must also have cavity wall insulation.

If your home lacks either of these installations at the time of your application, the installer responsible for your new central heating system may coordinate the necessary arrangements for you.

Start a claim for a first time central heating grant.
First Time Central Heating Grants FAQs

Listed below are some of the common questions and answers for the UK Government ECO4 first time central heating grant. If you cannot find the answer to your question, then simply contact us for a free consultation.

First-time central heating grants offer financial support for the installation of various central heating components, including boilers (Mains Gas, Biomass, LPG, Air Source Heat Pump, Ground Source Heat Pump, and Electric), radiators, pipework, and heating control systems.

Homeowners and tenants in privately rented homes may be eligible for a First Time Central Heating Grants. Tenants living in council homes, housing association homes or householders living in shared ownership homes do not qualify for First Time Central Heating ECO4 Grants.

First Time Central Heating Grants cover the cost of supplying and installing:

  • A central heating boiler with radiators
  • The necessary pipework
  • Heating control systems

Typically, First Time Central Heating Grants will handle the entire cost of installing central heating in your home. However, residents in certain households may be required to make a contribution. The details will only be determined after a complimentary survey of your home and existing heating system has been conducted by our professional heating engineers.

If a permanent resident in your home receives one of the qualifying benefits, assistance is still available. The First Time Central Heating Grants application must be in their name, and you will be required to provide evidence of their permanent residence with you. Additionally, your address must be officially registered as their address with the Department of Work and Pensions, ensuring that their benefit letters display your address.
If you are not eligible for any of the qualifying benefits, you might still be eligible for First Time Central Heating Grants under ECO Flex Rules. Local councils have the authority to suggest your eligibility for a central heating grant if you meet their criteria for fuel poverty. Each council has the flexibility to establish its own rules.
To be eligible for First Time Central Heating Grants, your home must have cavity wall insulation and roof/loft insulation installed, unless these are already in place prior to the central heating system installation. This requirement ensures that you can fully benefit from the central heating system, minimising unnecessary heat loss through the walls and roof of your home.
To apply for an ECO4 first time central heating grant your home must have an existing mains gas supply.
Households interested in applying for First Time Central Heating Grants should begin by filling out our online form. Following this, we will contact you to confirm your eligibility for the grants based on the information you have provided. Subsequently, a survey of your home and its existing heating system will be arranged, and our surveyor will complete the grant application form on your behalf. Your grant application will then be submitted to the ECO Scheme for reviewing and if approved, funds will be allocated from the ECO Fund to complete your first time central heating system.
While specific schedules may vary slightly based on the availability of staff and equipment in your area, typically, the process hould be completed within 2 weeks from the time of your application to the final installation.