Disabled Facilities Grants are available to carry out adaptation works that will help a disabled person remain living independently in their own home.
You can apply if you are:
- a private tenant or owner of a property
- a landlord on behalf of a disabled tenant
- housing association tenant
Council tenants need to be assessed by a Community Occupational Therapist before we can help you further - phone 0345 045 5202 to arrange this.
Council tenants can apply for a Disabled Facilities Grant but this is unusual as the housing department usually manages these directly and has to fund them from another budget.
Applicants must sign a certificate of ownership or tenancy stating that they intend to occupy the home being adapted for at least five years.
Grants are awarded for essential adaptations to allow a disabled person better freedom of movement around their home.
Eligible works are assessed by an Occupational Therapist and include but not limited to:
- widening doors or installing ramps
- installing a stair lift or door entry system
- providing an adapted bathroom or kitchen
- improving or installing a suitable heating system
We have to ensure that the work is necessary, appropriate, reasonable, practicable and feasible.
The maximum amount available as a Disabled Facilities Grant is £30,000.
The grant is means tested to ensure that those in most need get help, unless the grant is for a disabled child.
The means test will assess the income and savings of the disabled person and their spouse or partner. You may be required to make a contribution towards the adaptation costs.
Further funding may be available if the costs of works will be more than £30,000. This may be awarded as a grant or a loan.
Our enquiry and application forms are being reviewed. Email email@example.com or phone the Grants Officer on 01954 713071 to request a form.