So far, a total of 481 applications have been submitted for the reconstruction grant for small residences
As of 6 April, owners of small residences have had the opportunity to apply for a grant from the joint agency of KredEx and Enterprise Estonia to renovate their home. So far, 481 applications for grants have been submitted in a total amount of EUR 6.53 million. A total of EUR 8 million in grants will be allocated this year. The call for applications will remain open while funds last.
‘Increased uncertainties on the energy markets have shown that properly insulating a home and installing solar panels on it is one of the best choices a homeowner can make to bring down the cost of energy bills for their household in the long term,’ said Taavi Aas, Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure.
‘Investments in the homes of the Estonian people are certainly necessary to reduce costs and to favour environmentally friendly solutions, and the State is contributing EUR 8 million this time,’ added Andres Sutt, Minister of Entrepreneurship and Information Technology. ‘This time, we found an opportunity to allocate significantly more grant money than before; however, the need for such investments is, in fact, many times greater, and larger-scale support must also continue in the future, which is why we are planning to launch an additional application round in the amount of EUR 15 million using this year’s supplementary budget’, he said.
The aim of the grant is to help owners of small residential buildings to increase the energy efficiency of their homes, reduce energy costs, and achieve a better indoor climate. The grant can also be used to install solar panels on your home.
According to Triin Reinsalu, Head of the Housing and Energy Efficiency Department at the KredEx and Enterprise Estonia joint organisation, homeowners were already interested in increasing energy efficiency, but the energy crisis has increased this interest even more.
‘For several years, we have been working to raise awareness of energy efficiency. We already noticed an increase in interest among people last year, but there is no doubt that the energy crisis has accelerated the desire of people to fix up their homes. The grant can be used to carry out individual works or to completely reconstruct the building, as well as to install solar panels. Without a doubt, our advice – as well as that of researchers and homeowners who have already fixed up their homes – is to do it once and do it properly; that is, to reconstruct your house as completely as possible,’ said Reinsalu.
The building to be reconstructed must have been put into use before 2000 and be the applicant’s permanent place of residence.
For individual works, the grant rate is 20% of eligible expenses and the highest grant amount is EUR 20,000 per small residential building.
With thorough reconstruction, the proportion of the grant of eligible expenses and the maximum grant amount per small residence is as follows:
- 30% and EUR 20,000 in Tallinn and Tartu as a settlement unit
- 40% and EUR 30,000 in Harku Rural Municipality, Jõelähtme Rural Municipality, Kiili Rural Municipality, City of Maardu, Rae Rural Municipality, Saku Rural Municipality, Saue Rural Municipality, except for the territory of the former Kernu Rural Municipality and Nissi Rural Municipality as at 14 October 2017, Viimsi Rural Municipality, Luunja Rural Municipality, Kambja Rural Municipality and the territory of Tartu Rural Municipality as at 14 October 2017 and the territory of the former Tähtvere Rural Municipality as at 14 October 2017
- 50% and EUR 40,000 in settlement units and administrative units not specified in the two previous clauses
30% of costs related to purchasing and installing solar panels and the maximum grant amount is EUR 20,000 per small residential building.
Works cannot be commenced and advance payments cannot be made before submitting an application. No support will be given for work already done. The grant recipient may apply for the grant to be disbursed in two parts.
Due to the high volume of applications, the processing of applications will take longer than usual, so the joint agency asks all applicants to be understanding.
For more details on the grant conditions and applying, please visit the site here.