Grants and Interest-free Loans for Energy Saving Home Improvements

The cold winter may have passed, but we still need to think about making sure our homes are ready for the worst of the weather. Remember the recent “Beast from the East” cold weather snap? For some people, preparing to keep warm in winter is a year-round concern, so Harrogate Borough Council is really keen for local residents to make the most of a special grant and interest-free loan scheme available for home energy efficiency improvements. There is only a limited time left to claim a grant – the scheme closes for new applications in September 2018.

The council has targeted the grants and interest-free loans at those who need them most:

· Households with an income less than £35,000 with an Energy Performance Certificate rating of E, F or G are all eligible. If their energy rating is D then they also need to be over 60, or have children under 16 in their household, or have a chronic illness which is affected by the cold. Our advisors can check householders’ home energy score or work it out for them, and check the other eligibility criteria if they are not sure.

· Households with an income less than £35,000 are automatically eligible if they live in one of these council wards: Granby, High Harrogate, Low Harrogate, New Park, Ripon Minster, Saltergate, Starbeck, Woodfield. Note that these are the old ward boundaries. Again, the advisors can check for eligibility if you are not sure.

· Disabled Facilities Grant recipients are automatically eligible, if their DFG contribution is less than £500.

The grant covers all kinds of loft and wall insulation. A contribution may sometimes be needed from the customer, but this will always be discussed with our advisors first. For new energy efficient and reliable boilers, an interest-free loan would cover the up-front cost.

The scheme is being administered on behalf of Harrogate Borough Council by City of York council. For further information, please contact our friendly advisors at York, on 01904 552300.




Changing Places Toilet Facilities

There is now a changing places toilet facility available at COGS (Centre of Gracious Street) whenever the building is open, this will be 6 days a week and most Saturdays.  The contact number for this facility is 01423 862345.

Henshaws Arts and Craft Centre also have this facility available.

Please CLICK HERE for a link to more details about these facilities.