Applications open for Social Housing Net Zero Heat Fund



The Scottish Government has released the application form and guidance notes for the Social Housing Net Zero Heat Fund 2021 call for applications.

A total of £100 million is being made available over the next five years to support social landlords across Scotland to install zero emissions heating systems and energy efficiency measures across their existing stock.

The Scottish Government said: “Reducing emissions from our homes and buildings is one of the most important things we can to do help end Scotland’s contribution to climate change. Achieving emissions reductions in buildings will require over 1 million homes to convert to using zero or low emissions heating systems by 2030.

“We must rapidly scale up deployment of zero emissions heating systems, such as heat pumps and heat networks as set we stated in the draft Heat in Buildings Strategy. The Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets)(Scotland) Act 2019 set legally binding targets for us to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045, with interim targets requiring a 75% reduction by 2030, and 90% by 2040.

“Our statutory fuel poverty targets are similarly ambitious requiring that in 2040 no more than 5% of households are fuel poor and no more than 1% are in extreme fuel poverty. It is therefore imperative that, as we take action to cut emissions from Scotland’s homes, we do so in a way that supports and enables the eradication of fuel poverty.”

The funding invitation for 2021 has a minimum allocation of £20m to support social housing landlords across Scotland to use energy efficient, zero emissions heating systems. It is for social housing projects across Scotland that effectively contribute towards the achievement of the Scottish Government’s ambitions for Scotland to achieve net zero emissions by 2045. It is for the retrofit or refurbishment of existing housing stock and is not for new build social housing.  

For this funding round there are two themes:

  • Theme 1 – zero emissions heating system for social housing across Scotland
  • Theme 2 - “Fabric First” energy efficiency only projects

Applications will be accepted from registered social landlords, local authorities and ESCOs. They must be for social housing projects delivering  zero emission heating systems

Projects will only be considered if they fulfil the mandatory criteria

How to apply

Download and complete the application form found in the supporting documents.

Only fill in the application form after you have read the guidance notes and more information fully. 

Send your completed application to: netzerosocialhousing@gov.scot.



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