Bright Green Homes:help for Bright Green Homes: Help for residents to reduce carbon emissions and lower household energy bills


Low-income households without gas heating may be able to apply for funding to install energy efficiency measures and low carbon heating in their homes.

To be eligible for the scheme applicants must live in the B&NES area and:

  • be the owner, landlord or private rented tenant of the property
  • have electric or non-gas fossil fuel heating source such as oil or coal
  • have a combined annual household income of £31,000 or less*
  • have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of D, E, F or G (or be willing to apply for one).

* In certain B&NES postcodes, homeowners with incomes above £31,000 may also be eligible. You can check your postcode here. Homes in IMD Decile 1,2, or 3 do not need to meet the income criteria.

Interested residents will need to complete the short registration form on the council’s Energy at Home website. A member of the grant administrators, Bristol City Leap, will then get in touch to confirm your eligibility for the funding and to discuss the next steps.

If you have any questions about the scheme, you can contact the City Leap team directly by calling 0117 352 1180 or by emailing

BANES Healthy Start Scheme

The Healthy Start scheme offers eligible people a pre-paid card to go towards the cost of certain types of milk, infant formula, fruit and vegetables for the value of:

  • £4.25 each week of pregnancy from the 10th week
  • £8.50 each week for children from birth to 1 year old
  • £4.25 each week for children between 1 and 4 years old


Beneficiaries can also get free vitamins with their card. In B&NES, these are currently available at Children’s Centres.


Note that the digital pre-paid card has replaced Healthy Start vouchers. For more information, view:


BANES Cash First Leaflet


Hot off the press! B&NES Cash First leaflet puts all the local agencies that people can self-refer to around money worries in one place. Please do also circulate this to people in your local areas. Thank you.

You can:

  • Download a pdf copy here.
  • View it online and put in an order for print copies here – by the end of the month if possible.
  • Access the interactive version here