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Bid writing for HUG and SHDF


We offer bid-writing services and support for the government’s home upgrade grant (HUG) and social housing decarbonisation fund (SHDF).

At a glance …

We can support local authorities to develop proposals to the home upgrade grant scheme (HUGS) for funding to retrofit private sector homes across their area.

We can support registered social housing providers to apply to the social housing decarbonisation fund (SHDF) to retrofit their housing stock.

We understand the process and requirements of these funding schemes and can help you apply successfully.


Drawing on our extensive experience of supporting other local authorities to win HUGS funding, we can work with you to profile your housing stock and develop a successful application.

We also have extensive experience of the SHDF process through our work for the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero, assessing funding bids and support for housing providers. We can work with you to review your housing portfolio and develop a proposal for future funding.

Our proven track record of collaborating with local authorities and registered housing providers, offering retrofit advice, conducting surveys, and providing coordination services is well established. And we have been recognised for our impact in this field.

Our expertise in energy efficiency and sustainable solutions makes us a valuable partner for local authorities and registered social housing providers seeking to decarbonise their estate.


A row of semi-detached houses
A street of semi-detached homes, typical of the kinds of social housing currently being retrofitted under SHDF.

What we do

We guide local authorities and registered social housing providers through the application process, offering comprehensive support at every stage. We provide retrofit advice tailored to the specific needs of each housing provider, ensuring proposals align with the objectives and requirements of the HUGS or SHDF programmes.

Finding appropriate and qualifying houses is often a barrier to the success of these projects. CSE’s bespoke internal software allows us to identify qualifying houses using desktop studies, allowing for cost effective and impactful marketing.

Our experience in conducting surveys and assessments can assist in identifying energy efficiency improvement opportunities and formulating effective retrofit plans.

Our coordination services will streamline the implementation of your retrofit project, facilitating communication and collaboration between local authorities, registered social housing providers, contractors, and other stakeholders.

Contact us today …

Get in touch and let us know what support you’re looking for.

Together we can help you make a successful application for funding, contributing to the decarbonisation efforts across your local authority or your housing portfolio.


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Targeting mailouts

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