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Grants for Adapting Your Property Due to Disability

By: Jennifer Lowe - Updated: 9 Feb 2018 | comments*Discuss
 
Disabled Child Grant For Disabled Person

Disabled Facilities Grants are available from local councils to help pay for necessary adaptations to your home.Formed by the government, this grant enables disabled people to adapt their home so that they can continue to live there.

You can apply for a Disabled Facilities grant if yourself, or someone else living in your home, is disabled, one of you either owns or is a tenant of, the property and you can certify that you, or the person who you are applying for, will occupy the property for five years.

If you are a landlord and have a disabled tenant, you can also apply for the grant to adapt the property for their use.

Putting the Money to Work

These grants are provided by your local council and can be used to adapt your property in order to give the disabled resident freedom of movement in and around the home.This could include work such as the widening of doors, installing ramps, installing a stair lift or providing a downstairs bathroom.There is also the option to use the grant to improve facilities in the home, such as the heating system or lighting controls.

Put the Wheels in Motion

The first step in the process is to request that an occupational therapist come out and assess your home. This will provide you with a better idea of what adaptations you will require.Then you can start the application process. Firstly, you need to contact your local council – specifically the housing or environmental health department.

It is important to bear in mind that your application won’t be accepted if you have already started carrying out the work on your property, but the council are under obligation to notify you of the outcome of your application within six months.

The Price is Right

Like many other grants offered by local councils, the Disabled Facilities Grant is means-tested – based on an assessment of your financial situation.Basically, the council will look at your weekly income and essential outgoings, such as rent or mortgage payments and personal expenditure, to determine what level of the grant you will need. They also take into account your savings, which if above a certain level can have an impact on the amount you will receive.

However, if you are applying because you have a disabled child under the age of 19, then there is no need for means-testing and you will receive the full amount.If you are married, or have a partner, the council will assess your combined income, but the first £6,000 of any savings you might have is ignored.

The maximum grant amount available is £25,000 for applications in England and Northern Ireland and £30,000 in Wales.

Planning

With any building work, especially if external changes are being made, planning permission or buildings regulation approval may be required. This is not included in the application for the grant and you will have to apply separately to gain any approval you might need before you start the work.

Once you have received the grant, the council can also request that you employ a qualified individual, such as an architect or a surveyor, to make sure that the work is carried out appropriately, but you can use a portion of the grant to pay for this.

How to Appeal

If you have been refused a Disability Facilities Grant by your local council don’t panic just yet, you can appeal. Each local council has an appeals and complaints procedure.If this isn’t effective, you do have the option of registering a complaint with the Local Government Ombudsman.

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Jules - Your Question:
Hi I am wondering if anyone could help me am desperate. We applied for a DFG and got the full amount 30,000. I took on the role of project manager with getting an architect,planning permission, building regs, and three tenders for the council. The council chose a builder but said builder could not afford the job outright and be paid at the end. So I asked social services for a contingency fund and the council they both agreed at 10,000 each ( this was done so the council would pay the builder in increments the cost was 12% of the grant ) so the work to be done was a front ramp, bedroom and wetroom downstairs breaking through from the living room. All good so far. Now half way through the build it was discovered that a masserator had to be put in with the pipe running through the kitchen to my downstairs toilet, also tht all the decking had to be ripped up to lay the pipe outside on a diagonal axis. now we are in the midst of the council saying that they will not agree to the decking being paid for to be relayed out of the contingency money that I would have to push my husband round the block to gain access to the garden. Nothing of this was said on the decking being ripped up and a mud bath taking its place also there were no guidelines on how the contingency money was to be used. so sorry for the long post Am I within my rights for the contingency money to be used for this many thanks

Our Response:
We can't really comment on individual issues like this. You should have been given documentation saying what can and cannot be covered by the disabled facilities grant.
GrantsExpert - 12-Feb-18 @ 12:55 PM
Hi I am wondering if anyone could help me am desperate. We applied for a DFG and got the full amount 30,000. I took on the role of project manager with getting an architect,planning permission, building regs, and three tenders for the council. The council chose a builder but said builder could not afford the job outright and be paid at the end .So I asked social services for a contingency fund and the council they both agreed at 10,000 each ( this was done so the council would pay the builder in increments the cost was 12% of the grant ) so the work to be done was a front ramp, bedroom and wetroom downstairs breaking through from the living room. All good so far. Now half way through the build it was discovered that a masserator had to be put in with the pipe running through the kitchen to my downstairs toilet, also tht all the decking had to be ripped up to lay the pipe outside on a diagonal axis. now we are in the midst of the council saying that they will not agree to the decking being paid for to be relayed out of the contingency money that i would have to push my husband round the block to gain access to the garden.Nothing of this was said on the decking being ripped up and a mud bath taking its place also there were no guidelines on how the contingency money was to be used. so sorry for the long post Am i within my rights for the contingency money to be used for this many thanks
Jules - 9-Feb-18 @ 8:58 PM
Wat187 - Your Question:
HiOur adaptations to the house has gone over the £30000 budget. Can the local authorities put a charge on the house indefinitely for the added grant? The adaptations are for my disabled son aged 8

Our Response:
Yes they can if you can't afford to pay the extra.
GrantsExpert - 5-Feb-18 @ 2:27 PM
Hi Our adaptations to the house has gone over the £30000 budget . Can the local authorities put a charge on the house indefinitely for the added grant? The adaptations are for my disabled son aged 8
Wat187 - 2-Feb-18 @ 10:58 PM
Hello, i had the Occupational therapist out to getting help, as i can'tuse the bath an such ( in view of getting a shower put in) how ever they have informed me this is not feasible. I had another a assessment by an Advanced MH Practitioner who advised meto apply to the council, but if they have already turned me down what do i do ?. This is not helping my depression i can tell you. Any advice is much appreciated
Blue - 17-Jan-18 @ 3:43 PM
Abyjon - Your Question:
Hi will the council fund for a conservatory for my child with Autism? He shares room with his brother so he hasn't got his own space, so that will be his space.

Our Response:
We're not aware of any specific grants but if you try your local council they will be able to tell you. You could also try the Turn2Us grant search facility.
GrantsExpert - 16-Jan-18 @ 12:38 PM
We are homeowners me and my partner and have 2 children 1 is disabled and had lots of heart surgery and there will be more in the future she is ok can do what most children do but gets tired she shared a bedroom with older sister and hasn’t got nowhere to play with toys we thinking of getting a conservatory for her to play would there be funding for this
Al - 15-Jan-18 @ 9:41 PM
Hi will the council fund for a conservatory for my child with Autism?. He shares room with his brother so he hasn't got his own space, so that will be his space.
Abyjon - 13-Jan-18 @ 2:36 PM
Bodin - Your Question:
Hello, we are housing association tenants and have a wheelchair bound child and have been issued an electric wheelchair in place of her specialist buggy, we have a disabled space outside our house, however we live on a busy street and parking is tight and often bumper to bumper, at the moment we lift our daughter in and out of the car and can’t use the wheelchair provided but we are considering getting a wheelchair accessible vehicle, but the problem we would then have is that there would be no regular access at the rear to allow the opening and closing of the ramp, and also there is no drop kerb nearby. Would it possible to apply for a grant in these circumstances, or is it a nonstarter? thank you.

Our Response:
Check with your local authority, there may be scope for increasing the length of the space and/or dropping the kerb. It's also worth looking at all the options as some vehicles can be accessed via either side with a sliding door etc.
GrantsExpert - 9-Jan-18 @ 2:30 PM
Hello, we are housing association tenants and have a wheelchair bound child and have been issued an electric wheelchair in place of her specialist buggy, we have a disabled space outside our house, however we live on a busy street and parking is tight and often bumper to bumper, at the moment we lift our daughter in and out of the car and can’t use the wheelchair provided but we are considering getting a wheelchair accessible vehicle, but the problem we would then have is that there would be no regular access at the rear to allow the opening and closing of the ramp, and also there is no drop kerb nearby. Would it possible to apply for a grant in these circumstances, or is it a nonstarter? thank you.
Bodin - 8-Jan-18 @ 3:23 PM
Kenny - Your Question:
Hi I was recently medically discharged from the Army, and as part of my recovery pathway the Army came out to my house and carried out adaptions to my house, initially they were going to knock down my kitchen extension and rebuild it bigger to include a downstairs Toilet, however when the local Occupational Therapist came out, she decided that this would be a nicety and that if the local council were paying for it they wouldn't agree to it. So instead of being promised all this work to my house I ended up with the bare minimum.I've got an un operation spinal injury and leg problems, basically I've had 4 spinal operations and have now been told that they cant operate anymore on my spine and that my injuries can only be treated with strong medication, due to the nature of my injuries I struggle with the stair and because the Army wont help me anymore, I've now had to sit with my wife and try to figure out how we could pay for a new extension to include a toilet and sink so when I do have severe bad days then I don't have to crawl up the stairs to get to the toilet. As this is all new to me, I was told by a relative that I may be able to apply for grants to help me to create a new extension to suit my medical needs.Could you explain if this is correct and if so how I go about applying for these grants.Many thanksKenny

Our Response:
It might be worth contacting the British Legion to see if they can give advice/support. If you're eligibile for PIP you may be able to get a grant (used to be called the Disabled Facilities Grant) for alterations...check with your local council.
GrantsExpert - 8-Jan-18 @ 1:45 PM
Hi I was recently medically discharged from the Army, and as part of my recovery pathway the Army came out to my house and carried out adaptions to my house, initially they were going to knock down my kitchen extension and rebuild it bigger to include a downstairs Toilet, however when the local Occupational Therapist came out, she decided that this would be a nicety and that if the local council were paying for it they wouldn't agree to it. So instead of being promised all this work to my house I ended up with the bare minimum. I've got an un operation spinal injury and leg problems, basically I've had 4 spinal operations and have now been told that they cant operate anymore on my spine and that my injuries can only be treated with strong medication, due to the nature of my injuries I struggle with the stair and because the Army wont help me anymore, I've now had to sit with my wife and try to figure out how we could pay for a new extension to include a toilet and sink so when I do have severe bad days then I don't have to crawl up the stairs to get to the toilet. As this is all new to me, I was told by a relative that I may be able to apply for grants to help me to create a new extension to suit my medical needs. Could you explain if this is correct and if so how I go about applying for these grants. Many thanks Kenny
Kenny - 5-Jan-18 @ 4:50 PM
Katken - Your Question:
Hi I own my home with my hubby and have 3 children. My father is currently suffering with alzeimers and lives in shelteted acc and im his carer.We want him to live with us but our home isnt big enough so rather than us all renting out a bigger property we want to know if we will be eligible to have a room builr on to our property for my dad to live with us

Our Response:
We don't know whether this would fit the right criteria for a disabled facilities grant but your local authority will be able to tell you.
GrantsExpert - 11-Dec-17 @ 11:32 AM
Hi i own my home with my hubby and have 3 children. My father is currently suffering with alzeimers and lives in shelteted acc and im his carer. We want him to live with us but our home isnt big enough so rather than us all renting out a bigger property we want to know if we will be eligible to have a room builr on to our property for my dad to live with us
Katken - 10-Dec-17 @ 11:09 AM
Hello is it possible to ask the council to give me the money for the grant so i can choose the style i want???? Do i have the right to ask for this???
Aitmekideche - 14-Oct-17 @ 3:03 PM
My brother received a DFG to help adapt the home he shared with his wife after suffering from a traumatic brain injury. Unfortunately within 2 years of having the adaptations, we found cause for concern that his wife is neglecting him and not meeting his care needs, therefore my parents are wanting him to move back home with them. This will require adaptations to their home as he is severely disabled and will require wheelchair access amongst other things. Will he be able to apply for a grant to help with the cost of the adjustments to our parents house or has he exhausted all his funding on his marital home due to him not living there for 5 years?
Ash - 3-Oct-17 @ 11:24 PM
Mohamed Eltawab - Your Question:
Due to accident I had at work 2011 has left me disabled and unable to cope with everyday life task I ask to be assessed but unfortunately wasn't any funding available I've been told, to help me which is I don't find it fair. As I worked every day I could and paint every bit of tax but it seems like when you go down no one wants to know.

Our Response:
Keep trying, the disabled facilities grant should be avalailble if yougenuinely need it. It's also worth checking locally (your local authority and Citizens' Advice) to see if any other grants/funding are available.
GrantsExpert - 29-Sep-17 @ 10:23 AM
Due to accident I had at work 2011 has left me disabled and unable to cope with everyday life task I ask to be assessed but unfortunately wasn't any funding available I've been told,to help me which is I don't find it fair. As I worked every day I could and paint every bit of tax but it seems like when you go down no one wants to know.
Mohamed Eltawab - 27-Sep-17 @ 9:50 AM
I've never asked for anything and have recently asked for an assessment as I cannot get up from the toilet safely. Was assessed in April and told they'd put it through as urgent. I had to chase the paperwork as they'd been sending it to the wrong address and didn't apologise either. 5 months on and told they won't pay as I can 'easily' borrow £50000 in loans! They said I have a weekly disposable income of nearly £300 too and have only taken into consideration £61 for my mortgage a week, it's 4 times that! Asked to appeal and told I can't.
sleigh - 16-Sep-17 @ 1:15 PM
Darby - Your Question:
Iv received council scotland grant for wet room.i receive employment contribution based allowance in the support group and pip.My husband is on a low income. I have to pay £850 towards the grant for the wet room. I am now thinking to cancel the wet room as I am so stressed as we have no savings how can I pay this % to have wet room.i had stroke. Worried sick help

Our Response:
If you cannot afford to pay the contributed part of the grant then you may have to cancel. We don't know enough about your circumstances to offer effective advice though and it might be worth your taking all your details and the grant information to Citizens' Advice.
GrantsExpert - 8-Sep-17 @ 12:54 PM
Iv received council scotland grant for wet room.i receive employment contribution based allowance in the support group and pip. My husband is on a low income. I have to pay £850 towards the grant for the wet room. I am now thinking to cancel the wet room as i am so stressed as we have no savings how can i pay this % to have wet room .i had stroke. Worried sick help
Darby - 7-Sep-17 @ 7:37 PM
Tee - Your Question:
Hi I have a 3 bed housing association property I have 5 boys 1 how has a life limiting illness and is on medical machines he has his own room and cannot share due to infection control our property has storage efficient for all of his medical equipment and machines were under Bupa they had to pass they property the problem is because my son can't share I have 4 boys age between 13-2 all in 1 room I am down on the council waiting list for a bigger property but it isn't a guarantee Bupa will pass it for space for my sons medical equipment for my poorly son would I be eligible to covert out garage into a extra bedroom

Our Response:
You need to contact your local councl. They will be able to tell you if you're eligbile for any grants such as DFG and your housing association should be able to tell you whether they will allow the alterations in their property.
GrantsExpert - 15-Aug-17 @ 1:52 PM
Hi I have a 3 bed housing association property I have 5 boys 1 how has a life limiting illness and is on medical machines he has his own room and cannot share due to infection control our property has storage efficient for all of his medical equipment and machines were under Bupa they had to pass they property the problem is because my son can't share I have 4 boys age between 13-2 all in 1 room I am down on the council waiting list for a bigger property but it isn't a guarantee Bupa will pass it for space for my sons medical equipment for my poorly son would I be eligible to covert out garage into a extra bedroom
Tee - 13-Aug-17 @ 4:49 PM
Jazz - Your Question:
Hi, I have 3 autistic children. I am thinking of applying for a DFG grant. Will I have to apply for all the children individually or can I apply as a whole. As they are all creating the need for space. Thanks

Our Response:
This depends on what kind of space you need. Contact your local council, they'll be able to advise what you can apply for.
GrantsExpert - 8-Aug-17 @ 12:10 PM
Hi,I have 3 autistic children. I am thinking of applying for a DFG grant.Will I have to apply for all the children individually or can I apply as a whole. As they are all creating the need for space. Thanks
Jazz - 6-Aug-17 @ 12:26 AM
Mariam - Your Question:
Hello, I am physically disabled person who lives in social housing in Ealing, London. I live with my family. I would like to have some adaptations on in my home. However, I do not know how to go about it. I know that I have to contact my local council for an Occupational Therapy report. I would like to contact an independent Occupational Therapist, but I have not been able to find one in my area. Is there a database of independent Occupational Therapist that I can access?I would really appreciate any advice and information you are able to give me.

Our Response:
The Royal College of Occupational Therapists has an online directory that you could use...it's HERE
GrantsExpert - 31-Jul-17 @ 2:33 PM
Hello, I am physically disabled person who lives in social housing in Ealing, London. I live with my family. I would like to have some adaptations on in my home. However, I do not know how to go about it. I know that I have to contact my local council for an Occupational Therapy report. I would like to contact an independent Occupational Therapist, but I have not been able to find one in my area. Is there a database of independent Occupational Therapist that I can access? I would really appreciate any advice and information you are able to give me.
Mariam - 28-Jul-17 @ 1:02 PM
Hi, I would like to know it it is worth my while to apply for a disability grant to convert my garage. I am a single mother of 2 children and live in a 3 bedroom house (I pay a mortgage). My daughteris 17 and has complex learning needs and ASD. She occupies the "box room". My 12 year old son is having the slightly bigger bedroom but swapping is out of the question because he needs piece and quiet to study (room for a desk) etc. The only option to extend my daughters living space is to convert the garage and this would give her room to freely move around. Financially it is impossible for me to afford a move to a bigger property. Is there any financial assistance available towards a garage conversion? Thank you
Cory - 16-Jul-17 @ 1:56 PM
HiI am nearly 90 years old and having difficulty getting in and out of the bath. is any financial help available it instal a shower I do not recive any benifits
jacko - 25-May-17 @ 9:13 PM
We are going to have adaptations done under a dfg for our son. However the work is extensive and the builder has said we will need to move out whilst the work is done. We own our home and have a mortgage. We don't have any family or friends who we could stay with and we can't afford rent on top of the mortgage. The council have said they cannot help towards alternative accomodation as we don't receive housing benefit. We will effectively be homeless or we can't have the work done. Surely they have to help?
Weazy24 - 22-May-17 @ 11:26 PM
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