If you or a person living with you is disabled, you may qualify for a Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) to adapt your property to enable the disabled person to live as independently as possible.
Owner-occupiers, landlords and a wide range of tenants can apply for a DFG. You can apply if you are the disabled person, the landlord of a disabled person, or someone living with a disabled person.
The DFG must be for a person who is registered, or could be registered, as a disabled person. The disability can be caused by physical illness or injury, a major sight, hearing, speech, or mental-health problem, or a learning disability.
The disabled person will need to have an assessment by one of our occupational therapists, who will advise us what works are considered necessary and appropriate for your or their needs.
To arrange for an assessment to be carried out, contact either:
If the occupational therapist decides that adaptations are required, they will then forward recommendations to us and we will then make sure that the works are reasonable and practical for your home.
A Disabled Facilities Grant is provided for:
If the DFG is for an extension to your home, up to £10,000 will be registered as a local land charge against the property, which will last for up to 10 years.
This means that, if you sold your home before the 10 years, you would have to pay back the full amount of the registered land charge with no interest.
If the works involve installing specialist equipment, for example a stairlift or steplift, a condition will be attached to the DFG to return the equipment when it is no longer needed.
To make sure that the DFG goes to the people who need help the most, the level of grant is decided by a means test which looks at income and savings of the disabled person and their spouse or partner. You may have to make a contribution towards the cost of any works that are covered by the grant.
If the DFG is for a child under age 19, and you receive Child Benefit for that child, you will not need to make any contribution.
If you receive of one of the following benefits, you would normally qualify for a 100% grant:
The maximum amount of grant that we would be able to award is £30,000.
If the cost of the works is less than £30,000 and we have assessed and told you that you will need to make a contribution to the cost, the amount of grant will be the cost of the works less your contribution.
You may qualify for a grant only when a recommendation has been made by one of our occupational therapist. If you start work before we have approved your application, we won’t be able to award the grant.
Contact Adult Social Care on 01332 640777 - if the adaptation is for an adult or the Lighthouse Disabled Children’s Team on 01332 256990 - if the adaptation is for a child for whom you are receiving Child Benefit.
Once the assessment has been done and the recommendations received we will help you to fill out the application form and check that all the information we need has been provided.
Our Architects Section can help you with:
The cost of employing our Architects Section can be included in the grant so you don’t have to pay for this separately.
You can also choose to use a surveyor and/or architect of your own. We can give you advice on how to do this.
Contact us for more information.