Update: 24 November 2023
SHDF Wave 2.2 is now open. We have republished the ‘Application form - supplementary tables’ spreadsheet with the correct timelines for tables 9 and 10.
How to apply
Submit completed applications via the Application Portal by 11.59 pm on 19 January 2024.
Complete the Social Housing Retrofit Accelerator (SHRA) Self Assessment to find out what support is available to help you bid for SHDF Wave 2.2.
About the Fund
The Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund (SHDF) will upgrade a significant amount of the social housing stock currently below Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) band C up to that standard. It will support the installation of energy performance measures in social homes in England, and help:
- deliver warm, energy efficient homes
- reduce carbon emissions
- tackle fuel poverty
- support green jobs
- develop the retrofit sector
- improve the comfort, health and well-being of social housing tenants
The SHDF Wave 2.2 ‘top up’ competition will allocate up to £80 million of grant funding from April 2024, building on the allocations made under the previous Wave 2.1.
The grant funding for Wave 2.2 projects must be transferred to the grant recipient and spent by 31 March 2025. Projects may opt to deliver until 31 March 2026, where:
- the scale and ambition of the project requires this
- only co-funding is used in the final 12 months of delivery
- local authorities
- combined authorities
- registered providers of social housing (including housing associations and arms-length management organisations (ALMOs) that are registered providers)
- registered charities that own social housing
All eligible organisations could apply directly to Wave 2.2 either as single bidders or as the lead of a consortium.
The above organisations, along with ALMOs that are not registered providers, could apply as part of a consortium led by an organisation that is eligible to lead a bid.
Landlords who have successfully applied for funding through Wave 2.1 of the SHDF, and have a Grant Funding Agreement with DESNZ, either directly or as part of a consortium, will not be eligible to apply for Wave 2.2 with their stock.
All existing social housing as defined by the Housing and Regeneration Act 2008 (sections 68-70), below EPC band C, regardless of archetype, are eligible.
All Wave 2.2 proposals should include a minimum of 100 eligible social housing properties at EPC band D-G per bid.
Applicants wishing to apply to Wave 2.2 with fewer than 100 eligible social housing properties at EPC band D-G should first look to submit a bid as part of a consortium, with this consortium bid meeting the minimum threshold.
Recognising the shorter delivery window on Wave 2.2, if neither of the above are possible despite every effort, then applicants may submit a bid with fewer than 100 homes with strong justification. It is expected that in such cases bids should be as close to 100 homes as is possible.
The deadline for enquiries was 3 November 2023. We have shared appropriate questions and responses here.
Help and support
If you’re considering applying for the SHDF Wave 2.2 competition, you can get support from the Social Housing Retrofit Accelerator (SHRA). You will have access to useful resources and events on retrofit in general and the SHDF application process in particular. Contact the SHRA.
For general enquiries about SHDF Wave 2.2, you can email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The fund follows on from:
SHDF Wave 2.1, which allocated £778 million of government funding in March 2023. Wave 2.1 will see proposed energy performance improvements to around 90,000 social homes
SHDF Wave 1, which will see energy performance improvements in up to 20,000 social housing properties, reducing bills and carbon emissions
- the SHDF Demonstrator, where up to 2,000 homes are being improved to at least EPC band C and over 1,000 local jobs supported