The Green Living Grant Scheme has been created to assist Island residents with the reduction of carbon emissions and household energy bills, and provides a financial contribution of up to a maximum of £6,000 per property, to help make residential properties more energy efficient.
The Scheme operates in two parts, the first provides a Manx Energy Home Audit, and the second provides funding of up to 50% towards the cost of energy saving solutions identified by the Manx Energy Home Audit.
The Scheme is administered by the Department for Enterprise and is part of the Isle of Man Government’s commitment to reach net zero by 2050. The need to incentivise people to retrofit such items forms part of the Government’s action plan to reach this target.
It is expected that the Scheme could significantly lower emissions in around 1,200 properties and save nearly 100,000 tonnes of CO2 entering the atmosphere - the equivalent to taking 1,500 cars off the road over the next 30 years.
The Scheme can support a wide range of works; however only eligible works stated on the Manx Home Energy Audit may be eligible for grant funding. Details of eligible works, and the Manx Home Energy Audit, can be found below.
Successful applicants will be informed via email and will be placed on a waiting list until a domestic energy assessor is available.
The Scheme operates in the following two parts:
1. Manx Home Energy Audit (MHEA)
Interested individuals can apply online to begin the first part of the process which includes the arrangement of a Manx Home Energy Audit for eligible properties.
Manx Home Energy Audits are based on the UK Energy Performance Certificate (EPC), and will provide an overall asset rating of A to G and a list of energy saving solutions in priority order for each property. A Domestic Energy Assessor, under instruction from the Department, will visit the property in order to conduct the MHEA.
MHEA’s are 100% funded by the Department; however their cost is deducted from the maximum available grant support.
Should a successful application be received, the applicant will receive an email confirmation with a unique identification number and will be placed on a waiting list until an assessor is available. Due to the anticipated high levels of interest in the Scheme it may be several months before an assessor becomes available, applicants are requested to be patient during this time.
The MHEA is a mandatory requirement of the Scheme for all applications in order to potentially access grant funding.
The MHEA certificate will be issued to both the Department and the applicant.
2. Green Living Grant (GLG)
Should the MHEA confirm that the property has an asset rating of D or below applicants can choose to apply for a Green Living Grant (GLG).
The maximum available grant support is £6,000, less the cost of two MHEA’s completed on the property. This is offered at 50% of the cost of the works (based on the MHEA indicative costs or the quoted cost, whichever is lower) and is paid directly to the building contractor.
Only works listed on the MHEA can be claimed against, and must be claimed against in order of the stated cost efficiency.
Important note - Any contractors used to complete the works must be accredited with Construction Isle of Man. Applicants can view a fill list of accredited building contractors here: https://www.constructioniom.im/find-an-accredited-professional
Should the applicant be successful in applying for grant funding, a second MHEA would take place to confirm works have been completed and to determine carbon emission savings.
The MHEA certificate will be issued to both the Department and the applicant.
Eligible applicants must be an Isle of Man resident and either the owner of eligible premises, a tenant of eligible premises, a person acting on behalf of the owner of an eligible premises, or the landlord (an individual not a business entity) of an eligible premises.
Applications can only be accepted from individuals (and their spouse, civil partner or partner if applicable). Applications cannot be accepted from business entities.
Any applicant who meets the above criteria is eligible to apply and receive the initial MHEA, should their property meet the requirements of eligible premises.
In order to receive a Green Living Grant, in addition to the above, the applicant’s gross income, together with that of the person’s spouse, civil partner or partner, must not exceed £112,000 gross (i.e. before deductions) per annum for the income tax year preceding that in which the application is submitted.
To find out more about eligibility requirements, see section 1.3a of the Scheme Guidance.
To be considered eligible, premises must be located in the Isle of Man, and they must be a residential premises or a flat.
In order to be eligible to potentially receive a GLG, premises must also have undergone an MHEA assessment by a DEA under instruction from the Department. The asset rating stated on this certificate must be D or lower for the premises to be eligible for the GLG; premises which are rated between A–C are ineligible for the GLG.
Any premises that were granted planning approval for their erection as part of a single planning approval for multiple buildings, i.e. those that were built concurrently alongside other premises as part of a housing estate, which were also given a completion certificate within one year of the date of an application, are ineligible to apply for any aspect of the Scheme.
Any residential properties built after 1st January 2020 will be ineligible to receive either an MHEA or a GLG, as such premises will have already been confirmed as having an asset rating of C or above before being signed off.
Premises owned by a Department, local authority, Statutory Board, housing association or housing trust are ineligible to apply for any aspect of the Scheme.
To find out more about eligibility requirements, see section 1.3b of the Scheme Guidance.
Works eligible for support include (but are not limited to):
The following items are ineligible for support, even if they are stated on the MHEA -
Important note – only eligible items stated on the MHEA report can be claimed against, and these must be claimed in the stated order of cost efficiency.
For more information on eligible works, see section 1.3c of the Scheme Guidance.
All applicants are encouraged to read the Scheme Guidance hosted on this page to gain an understanding of the Scheme’s processes and eligibilities.
Interested individuals can click here to apply online.
If successful, their property will be queued to receive a Manx Home Energy Audit.
Please note: The Department expects a high number of applications for the Manx Home Energy Audit, therefore, there may be a period of delay between confirmation of eligibility and the Audit being undertaken.
Potential applicants who are unsure of their eligibility are encouraged to complete the following enquiry form:
Alternatively, applicants can contact the Department by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are interested in becoming a Domestic Energy Assessor to undertake Manx Home Energy Audits as part of the Green Living Grant Scheme, expressions of interest are open for individuals and businesses who meet the following criteria:
More information on applying to provide Domestic Energy Assessor Services under the Green Living Grant Scheme can be found at: https://www.gov.im//procurement
The Vocational Training Assistance Scheme (VTAS), offers a grant of up to 30% towards the cost of training, course costs and exam fees for eligible individuals. More information can be found here.
As a responsible nation, and to protect our environment, our community and to safeguard our continued prosperity, the Isle of Man is committed to reaching carbon neutrality by 2050.
To achieve this, all of us need to work together to explore new ways of thinking and innovation to achieve net zero.
To find out more about the Island's Net Zero initiative, visit: www.netzero.im
For more information about how you can make your home more energy efficient, click here.