Welsh Government Launches £1.4m Energy Efficiency Fund for Social Care Businesses

Grants are available for residential care providers in Wales to carry out energy efficiency building improvements.

The Welsh Government has announced a new grant scheme to support energy efficiency improvements and decarbonisation for residential social care providers. The £1.4 million fund is intended to help the sector deal with the current cost of energy crisis.

The scheme is part of Welsh Government’s Backing Local Firms Fund, which has been established to support businesses in parts of the local everyday economy, also known as the Foundational Economy, to deliver more of the products and services required by the public sector, helping to create more and better local jobs.

The funding will support residential care providers to implement energy efficiency and low carbon measures, helping mitigate the impacts of the cost of energy crisis and move the sector closer to net zero carbon emissions by 2030.

Open to residential care providers registered with Care Inspectorate Wales, this pilot scheme offers grants of between £30,000 and £50,000 to fund investments such as heat pumps, cavity wall insulation, double glazing/replacement windows, ground source heat pumps, loft insulation, tanks and pipes insulation.

Deputy Minister for Social Services, Julie Morgan said:

‘This is a fantastic opportunity for social care providers to reduce their impact of the energy crisis, improve their Energy Performance Certificate and make the social care sector more sustainable. I encourage all residential care providers to submit an application.’

Eligible businesses should apply by the deadline of 21 December 2022.

Information on how to apply can be found by emailing EnergyEfficientCareHomes@gov.wales

(This report was the subject of a GRANTfinder Newsflash.)