Disabled Facilities Grants
What is it?
Disabled Facilities Grants provide financial help for people who are registered disabled (or if not yet registered, registerable) and need an adaptation to their home.
Adaptations include things like:
- stair lifts
- widened doors
- level access showers
Eligible works are practical works that are necessary and appropriate to your needs. For example, for you to:
- be able to get into your home
- have access to living, sleeping and bathroom facilities
- have access to food preparation, cooking, power and light facilities
- make your home safer for you
- improve your heating system in your home
- access parts of your home necessary to carry out caring responsibilities of someone you help to support
If you live in a council or housing association property, the landlord will usually be asked to carry out the work.
If you need a major adaptation (costing more than £1,000) and you own your own home, you will need to have an assessment to see if you are eligible before applying to your District Councilto see if they will cover the cost of the work. The grant is means tested and you may be required to pay towards the cost of the adaptation.
An occupational therapist or community care worker will usually meet with you in your own home and will work with you to do an assessment. You will then need to apply to your local district council for the grant.
Contact us to ask about getting an assessment for adaptations to your home.
- Disabled facilities grants in Leicestershire May 2011 (240kb .pdf)
- Disabled facilities grants – applying to your district council
- Disabled facilities grants – paying towards the cost
- Disabled Facilities Grants – the stages of the grant procedure
- Benefits and allowances
- Carer’s support fund
- Equipment and products to help with day to day living
Page Last Updated: 13 May 2013