The Home Upgrade Grant (HUG 2)

HUG 2 is funded by the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero.

Dorset Home Upgrade Grant


We are currently experiencing a high volume of applications for the Home Upgrade Grant (HUG2) in the Dorset Council area. To allow time to fully assess and support these applicants, we have temporarily paused any new sign-ups from the Dorset Council area. We aim to re-open for applications in the new year, pending available funds.  If you would like to be added to our waiting list to be updated when applications re-open or when future funding rounds become available, please let us know. We are still accepting applications from households in the BCP Council area. If you would like advice on what other energy efficiency support is available to you, please contact the team and we will be happy to help. If you are struggling with the cost of living and are in need of immediate support, you can access help here:

Dorset Home Upgrade Grant

Dorset Counciland BCP Council have launched the Home Upgrade Grant, which is designed to improve the energy efficiency of homes across Dorset.

The scheme enables homeowners and private renters to access funded energy saving measures such as loft & cavity wall insulation, external wall insulation, heating upgrades, air source heat pumps and solar panels. The HUG2 scheme will help reduce energy use and fuel costs for qualifying Dorset residents who live in the lower energy rated homes (EPC D to G) and heat their homes with a fuel other than mains gas such as; electric heaters, oil and LPG boilers and solid fuel heating.

NB. Living in Dorset does not automatically qualify you. Although this funding is for BCP Council and Dorset Council areas, if applying under the Qualifying Area criteria, you must check if your postcode applies, as only poorer ward areas known as Lower Super Output Areas qualify under this specific criteria. 

Dorset Home Upgrade Grant Energy Saving Measures

Am I eligible?

Dorset Home Upgrade Grant
Dorset Home Upgrade Grant Eligibility
Dorset Home Upgrade Eligibility
Eligibility example of Dorset Home Upgrade Grant

Annual household income threshold, qualifying benefit and qualifying area, are standalone criteria. Qualifying example: You use electric heating, have a D rated EPC and live in a qualifying poorer ward area. Dorset HUG2 funding applies only to households within the BCP and Dorset Council areas that meet the correct eligibility criteria, not all areas qualify.

The scheme will also help BCP and Dorset Council achieve their pledge to take action to address the climate emergency and will help towards the reductions in energy use needed to meet the UK’s 2050 Net Zero targets.

*Funding is subject to terms and conditions. The information you provide us with must be true and accurate to the best of your knowledge and belief and you are aware that active fraud protection will be conducted during the operation of the HUG2 scheme.

There may be other funding available for your home, please contact us.

HUG 2 is the second phase of the Home Upgrade Grant and is funded by the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero.

Find out more...

   Text HUG & YOUR NAME 07984 440584

    Freephone 0300 003 7023

   Or complete the HUG2 Enquiry form

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