Disabled Facilities Grants
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. Grants are means tested and therefore targeted at people on low incomes.
The application process
- Contact the Adult Social Care First Response Team on 01925 443322 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- We will arrange for you to have an assessment by an Occupational Therapist or Community Care Worker.
- If appropriate, a Statement of Need will be sent to Private Sector Housing who will administer the grant.
How much will I 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 equipment you need, so you'll have to think about how you will pay for this – it could be from your savings, or you may need to borrow money from elsewhere. 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 equipment, 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, you won't need to pay anything from your own pocket.
Low cost loan
This is a loan of up to £5,000, repayable over a period of up to 60 months. You will be asessed to make sure you can afford the repayments. The loan charge is equivalent to 5% of the amount that is borrowed. There is also an administration fee (currently £100) to set up the loan. This fee goes towards the costs incurred by the council in providing the loan such as Land Registry and bankruptcy searches, obtaining proof of identity to satisfy money laundering regulations, registering the charge at the Land Registry and the loan agent fees. More information: Low cost loan [pdf]
If you are required to pay more than £5,000 towards the cost of your equipment, we may offer an adaptations loan to homeowners. This is an equity share loan, which means that the council takes a share of the ownership of your property in return for lending you the money. You will need to pay for a property valuation report by an independent chartered surveyor.
The loan is repayable on sale or transfer of the lease, or at your own request. The council's surveyor will carry out a property valuation and the amount repayable would depend on the % increase (or decrease) in the value of the property. More information: Adaptations loan [pdf]
If a home is unsuitable for the adaptations you need, we may be able to offer a relocation loan to help you move to a more suitable property which may or may not need to be adapted. This is only available to you if you own your own home.
- Read the Disabled Facilities Grant Assistance Fact Sheet [pdf]
- Speak to your Occupational Therapist
- Contact the Private Sector Housing team: 01925 248483, email@example.com
- Contact the Adult Social Care First Response Team: 01925 443322, firstname.lastname@example.org