Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund - Wave 3

14 May 2024

DESNZ has released draft guidance for applications to Wave 3 of the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund.

While applications are not yet open, DESNZ is encouraging potential applicants to start preparing as soon as possible. The guidance is provided in draft form to give you the opportunity to feedback on it before the finalised guidance is provided.

There will be two new routes to access funding under SHDF Wave 3: the Challenge Fund and Strategic Partnerships. The Challenge Fund is expected to suit the vast majority of grant recipients. A small number with a proven track record of successful delivery at scale can access funding through a Strategic Partnership. Further detail on both routes is available in the scheme guidance. 

Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to start preparing and building partnerships now. 

For support with application development, including if you are unsure which funding route is most appropriate for you, visit the Retrofit Information Support and Expertise (RISE) service (formerly the Social Housing Retrofit Accelerator), which includes a full programme of training, webinars, workshops and briefings.

Find out more about Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund (SHDF) Wave 3 on GOV.UK.

If you would like to feedback on the guidance please email us and we will engage with DESNZ on behalf of our membership.

What is the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund?

The Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund aims to 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 facilitate the subsequent widespread adoption of decarbonised heating systems 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 wellbeing of social housing residents.

Who to speak to

Rory Hughes, Policy Officer