The Scottish Government’s HEEPS: Loan scheme for Registered Social Landlords 2018/2019 is now open for applications.
Applications must be submitted by 31st August 2018 and will be reviewed on a first come, first served basis subject to available funding. Successful applicants must complete work and claim their funds by 28th February 2019.
Loans of between £30,000 and £1 million are available to housing associations and housing co-operatives to install energy savings improvements with the aim of progressing properties towards the required Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing (EESSH).
The loan can also be used to cover activities related to, or required in advance of, the installation of energy efficiency improvements (such as repairs to roofs in advance of the installation of loft insulation).
Applicants should ensure their installers are selected through a compliant procurement process and are Green Deal certified for the measure being installed. In the case of renewables the installer should be Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) certified and the product is MCS or Solar-Keymark certified.
Applicants should also ensure that all improvements installed comply with the relevant industry standards and are covered by appropriate guarantees. All wall insulation improvements must be covered by an appropriate OFGEM-listed guarantee.
Registered Social Landlords should ensure that work is inspected by an independent, qualified Clerk of Works. For more complex measures such as external wall insulation it is recommended that at least 50% of works are inspected and records are kept.
Loans are interest free and repayable over up to 10 years. Successful loans will be subject to an administrative fee.
More information on what the funding covers can be found on our eligible measures list.
Internal wall insulation
External wall insulation
Cavity wall insulation
Room in roof insulation
Flat roof insulation
Under floor insulation
Hot water cylinder insulation
Insulation to all primary pipework
High performance external doors
Electric storage heaters
Warm air units
Flue gas heat recovery device
Heat recovery ventilation
Air source heat pump
Ground source heat pump
Micro combined heat and power
Enabling/associated works to allow one of the improvements above to go ahead**
*only available when replacing single glazing and must be combined on your application with at least one other measure
**For example, renewing gutters and downpipes alongside the installation of external wall insulation or repairs to roofs in advance of the installation of loft insulation. However, the cost of any enabling or associated works cannot constitute more than 50% of the loan amount.
Please read these documents carefully and ensure you fully understand the eligibility criteria, loan conditions and application process before applying.
Contact details can be found in the application form if you have any further questions.