Home Upgrade Grant

(Phase 2)


The Home Upgrade Grant phase 2 (HUG2) is for off-gas grid homes. This means homes which are not heated using mains gas, such as properties that use oil, liquid petroleum gas (LPG), coal, solid fuels, or electricity for heating purposes. Households are still eligible for the scheme if they are connected to mains gas for something other than heating (such as cooking).

Households connected to the mains gas grid for heating purposes are not eligible, including where the primary heating source of a mains gas boiler is broken, and the secondary heating source is electricity.


This scheme is now OPEN.


Birmingham City Council and the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has obtained funding through the UK government Heat to Help schemes to improve the energy efficiency of low-income households with low EPC rated homes.

The HUG2 scheme aims to improve the warmth and comfort of homes that do not have mains-gas heating, whilst also reducing energy bills, carbon emissions and levels of fuel poverty across the county.

A range of energy efficiency improvements have been made available through this scheme and include clean heating solutions, such as air source heat pumps.

Please note that all applications are subject to a technical survey and an application acceptance does not guarantee that work will go ahead.


Who is eligible for funding:

An applicant and their property will need to meet all of the following:

  • The property does not have gas central heating
  • The property has an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) of D, E, F or G (If the property does not have an EPC, then one will be arranged free of charge)
  • The whole household has a combined annual income under ¬£31,000 (gross)

The government has deemed that certain postcodes automatically meet the income eligibility criteria. This means that off gas grid and EPC D-G homes in these postcode areas are automatically eligible for the Home Upgrade Grant.

To find out if you live in one of the automatically eligible postcodes, please click this link: WMCA Birmingham IMD eligible postcodes (opens a PDF in a new tab).

Properties in the private rented sector are not currently being accepted.


Act on Energy are supporting Birmingham City Council and the WMCA for the HUG2 programme, providing the main point of contact for enquiries and processing applications.


To express your interest in this scheme, please call us on

0800 988 2881

Alternatively, please register your interest by completing the online expression of interest form. Once received, we will undertake a short review to confirm eligibility and if appropriate, we will then share further details of the scheme and organise the application form to be posted to you for completion.




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This page was last updated on 17.11.2023, 10:15 GMT (UTC+1)