£20,000 of new funding to support energy saving awareness projects

3rd February, 2015
Community groups in the South West are being invited to apply for grants of between £500 and £4,000 to develop projects that help save energy through the ‘retrofitting’ of houses.  The money, which is being made available through the Energy Saving Trust’s Ready for Retrofit programme, will go towards projects that encourage private housing owners, landlords and tenants in the South West to retrofit their homes with energy saving measures.  Previous funding rounds have supported 25 ‘open homes’ events and energy fairs across the region.  More than 160 homes opened receiving over 2,000 visitors.

Jon Rattenbury, Ready for Retrofit Manager said:
“We want to encourage private home owners, landlords and tenants to retrofit their homes.  Improved energy performance is the most effective way of keeping fuel bills down and we want to fund projects that will encourage and support householders to install energy efficiency measures in their homes.

“Reducing energy demand and encouraging energy efficiency are amongst the cheapest and most effective routes to reduced carbon emissions.”

As well as reducing energy demands, the Ready for Retrofit programme has boosted business growth through its intensive business support programme, delivered by Regen SW, which helps small and medium-sized enterprises provide high-quality retrofitting services and enables them to tender for further retrofit opportunities as the market develops.

Energy Saving Trust estimates that, as well as already saving 40,000 lifetime tonnes of carbon, the Ready for Retrofit programme in the South West has already created or safeguarded 253 jobs and supported 560 local businesses in the retrofitting sector.

Applications forms and frequently asked questions can be found at  Applications can be returned by via email to or by post to Energy Saving Trust, The Innovation Centre, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4RN.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on 27th February 2015. The minimum grant is £500 and the maximum, £4,000.  All project activity will need to be completed by the 31st May 2015.

Ready for Retrofit is part-financed with £4.75m of European Regional Development Funding.