Grants and Funding

Local Energy Advice Programme (LEAP)

Tameside Council is offering residents a new, completely free of charge service to help you save money and keep you home warm and cosy.

How it Works

Once we’ve checked your eligibility, you will get a FREE home visit from a qualified Home Energy Advisor who can help

  • Install FREE simple home energy measures (LED lighting, draught proofing etc)
  • Give you day to day energy efficiency hints and tips and make sure your heating controller is working correctly
  • Help you check if you are on the cheapest tariff
  • Arrange a FREE telephone advice service to help with benefits, money and bill problems
  • Refer you for further energy efficiency improvements such as loft or cavity wall insulation.

For more information about the scheme visit www.applyforleap.org.uk or call 0800 060 7567

Better than Boris (Boiler Scheme) 

I recognise that many people won’t qualify for grants to make their homes warmer and cheaper to run and can't afford a more efficient boiler or insulation measures. However, certain manufacturers and merchants, working as part of the Tameside Buy With Confidence scheme are offering great discounts to make it as cheap as possible. I hope that people on lower incomes will benefit from this scheme.
Jenny Saunders (CEO of National Energy Action).
Visit the Better Than Boris website for further information, or phone 0800 298 1394.

Help with Heating

There may be financial help available for heating improvements if you are in receipt of certain qualifying benefits. For more information call Tameside Council on 0161 342 3550.

Cavity Wall and Loft Insulation

Insulating your home is one of the most effective ways to cut your energy bills - you could save up to £140 a year by insulating your loft, and £160 with cavity wall insulation.

For more information you can contact Tameside Council on 0161 342 3550 to see if you may qualify for the Council approved scheme.

Warm Homes Discount Scheme

This is a £140 rebate off electricity bills and is offered to certain groups of people by energy companies.

If you receive pension credit guarantee, you will receive this payment automatically.

 Other low income or vulnerable households may also be eligible. However, this won't be paid automatically, so you are advised to ring your utility provider and check if you qualify.

Winter Fuel Payment

The winter fuel payment is a tax free annual benefit for over 60s.

Most payments are made automatically between November and December. If you qualify but don’t get paid automatically you can phone the Winter Fuel Helpline on 08459 15 15 15 or visit the web link below.

Cold Weather Payment

You may get a Cold Weather Payment if you’re getting certain benefits.

Payments are made when your local temperature is either recorded as, or forecast to be, an average of zero degrees Celsius or below over 7 consecutive days.

You will receive £25.00 for any qualifying week.

Payments are automatic so you do not need to apply.

Trust Fund Grants

Many utility suppliers run Trust Fund grants to help customers in financial difficulty. These can help to clear fuel debts and even pay for household goods and appliances if necessary.

British Gas - http://www.britishgasenergytrust.org.uk/

Scottish Power - http://www.energypeopletrust.com/content/

Npower - http://www.npowerenergyfund.com/

EDF Energy - https://www.edfenergy.com/

United Utilities - http://www.uutf.org.uk/app.htm  

Nationally Available Grants

There are a number of schemes available to help with the cost of fitting energy-saving improvements in your home.

National Grant Schemes


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