There are various grants and loans in place to help people with disabilities to be able live independently in their homes.

Disabled facilities grant

You may be eligible for a Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) if you're disabled and you need to make changes to your home to help you live independently.

How much will you get?

It depends on your finances and your circumstances. 

As part of your assessment you'll need to tell us details of your income, savings and assets, plus any benefits you currently claim. You may have to contribute your own money if the amount of DFG you are awarded doesn't cover the total cost of the adaptations you need, or you may be eligible for a grant from a charity.

If you can't raise any additional money to pay the outstanding cost of essential adaptations, we may be able to help you with a low cost loan or adaptations loan (if you're a homeowner).

In most cases, DFGs awarded to disabled children under 19 years old will be funded up to the grant maximum of £30,000, so you won't need to pay anything from your own pocket.

DFGs can’t be paid for works that have been carried out before grant approval.

The application process

Contact the Adult Social Care First Response Team on 01925 443322 or  

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Low cost loan 

You may be able to receive a low cost loan as long as there is sufficient equity in your property. The loan is repayable over an agreed period that is affordable to you and reasonable for the council.

You will be assessed to make sure you can afford the repayments. The loan charge is equivalent to 5% of the amount that is borrowed; this is a one-off interest payment added to the loan at the outset. An administration fee of £100 is needed to set up the loan but this can be added to the loan if necessary.

Relocation grant

If a home is unsuitable for the adaptations you need, we may be able to offer a relocation grant to help you move to a more suitable property, which may or may not need to be adapted.

This is available to both owner occupiers and tenants.

Discretionary disabled facilities grant 

For owner occupiers we may be able to assist with an additional discretionary grant of up to £10.000. These are looked at on a case by case basis and are to assist with paying for means test contributions or the amount above the mandatory grant limit or the cost of unforeseen work

Necessary works grant

An additional grant is available in certain circumstances to enable a disabled facilities grant to go ahead or to facilitate specialist work for people with dementia or to facilitate hospital discharge. 

Get in touch

Contact the Adult Social Care First Response Team on 01925 443322 or