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HEEPS: loan scheme for registered social landlords

Now open for applications.

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The Scottish Government’s HEEPS: Loan scheme for Registered Social Landlords 2019/2020 is now open for applications.

Applications must be submitted by 31 August 2019 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 28 February 2020.

General loan information

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.

More information on what the funding covers can be found in the eligible measures list.

Next steps and how to apply

Download the application form and property details spreadsheet to apply. 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.