Disabled facilities grant (DFG)

Overview

If you are having difficulty getting around your home or in using the facilities we may be able to help.

We will make an appointment to visit you to discuss whether you want to move to a more suitable property or to stay where you are and to have the home adapted.

For private or housing association properties, the disabled facilities grant is available for a range of work that will help a disabled person remain in their home.

You can apply for a grant if you are:

  • a tenant or owner of a property
  • a landlord on behalf of a disabled tenant

If you qualify for a grant, we will pay for the cost of the adaptations needed to your home up to a maximum of £30,000 inclusive of all fees, planning costs and VAT (where applicable).

An interest free top up loan may be available to owner/occupiers for schemes that exceed £30,000. The loan would be secured against the property and would not require regular repayments.

Alternatively, instead of adapting the home you can take the grant that you would have received if you had stayed in the property and use this to move to a more suitable property, this is capped up to a maximum of £20,000.

Eligibility

Disabled facilities grants are means tested to ensure that those in the most need get the most help. Means testing considers the income and capital of the disabled person and his or her spouse or partner and takes into account:

  • a person's average weekly or monthly income, including pensions and certain benefit payments
  • any savings above a set amount

When you apply for a grant you will be asked to complete a financial assessment form. The level of grant you may receive will be based on the information you provide.

Please note that for adaptations for children with disabilities, the means testing requirement does not apply.

If you require any assistance with completing any of the grant application form, a project worker from the Grants team can arrange to visit to assist you.

Your application will be assessed on whether the proposed adaptations are:

  • necessary
  • appropriate
  • reasonable
  • practical
  • possible

We can refuse the request if the scheme does not meet these criteria.

An occupational therapist will visit you to assess your needs and if adaptations are considered necessary make a written report detailing your disability needs so a decision can be made about whether adaptations can be made to make your home suitable to meet your needs. You will be fully consulted on any recommendations made and can use funding agreed by the Council for the scheme it proposes towards your own scheme provided it fully meets the needs of the disabled person. If you agree with the recommendation you can apply for a disabled facilities grant.

Eligible work

The aim of the disabled facilities grant is to adapt properties to improve disabled persons' freedom of movement around their homes. This work can include:

  • converting existing bathrooms into wet rooms
  • adapting kitchens to suit the needs of the applicant
  • installing ramps to the front and/or rear of the property
  • installing a stair lift to improve access to a bathroom, kitchen or bedroom
  • installing ceiling track hoists to assist with transfers
  • installing a downstairs bathroom
  • installing a heating system suitable for the disabled person

How to apply

If you are finding it difficult getting around your home and want to discuss your housing options or be considered for adaptations please contact the grants team:

As well as administering the disabled facilities grant, the Grants team can also assist you by:

  • drawing up detailed specifications or plans for disabled adaptations
  • liaise with Building control and Planning on your behalf as required
  • tender the works to reputable builders from our regularly reviewed contractors list
  • monitor the work on site through to completion to ensure a good standard of workmanship

While there is a fee for this service, the fee can normally be included within any grant or loan.