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Grants for Adapting Your Property Due to Disability

By: Jennifer Lowe - Updated: 15 Sep 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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I have a lodger (62) who has shared my house for 20years I am is carer. His depression and anxiety is now measurable worse. He is to be assessed for autism in particular Asperger's syndrome which I have suspected this since I first met him as I was a teacher have taught several pupils with Asperger's and recognised this immediately. He gets the full PIP and EESA and travel permit. However he is now in a situation where any bangs, loud noises he treats as a potential threat and goes into deep depression. I have had an outside wall sound proofed and it was effective but I now need to put secondary glazing in to hopefully eliminate 80% of other noises from traffic. Will he be entitled to a grant for the secondary glazing even if it is just VAT relief. The cost will be £4000 inc VAT
Zaphod - 15-Sep-18 @ 4:53 PM
Hi - my mum is in her 90th year and lives independently in sheltered housing; she is getting frail and she needs now to move in with me as I am her only care giver.I work from home in my converted garage and am looking to convert my office into a granny annex for her, which means putting in a small kitchen and shower room.She is a registered disabled person; I live in the Wokingham area of Berkshire - do you think I can get a grant to have my property converted?Thanks for reading this post.
Dee Dee - 30-Aug-18 @ 5:41 PM
I`d like to know if I can get a grant for off road parking. I`m registered disabled & receive full PIP. I have a garage but it`s a double heavy up & over door & very difficult for me to get open & shut. It even means that I can`t go out when I need or would like as it`s so difficult. Would really like to have my front garden turned into a driveway so I can be able to go out whenever I like NOT IF I can open the garage door or not. I also sleep downstairs now on the sofa & only have a very small front room & was also wondering if I would be able to get help with an extension so I could have a bedroom & not have to live in 1 room. Any help & advice would be gratefully received. Thankyou
Tichie - 26-Jul-18 @ 7:59 PM
Sayida - Your Question:
Hi I wanted to make a attic I need to take permission from council and I want it to convert it to a big room my daughter is diagnosed with adhd she needs her own bedroom as my house is 3 bedroom I have 3 boys 1 girl me my husband I wanted to know if I will be able to gets grant from council.

Our Response:
If your daughter is registered with a disabilty you may be eligible for a disabled facilities grant, you should contact your local council.
GrantsExpert - 25-Jul-18 @ 12:53 PM
Hi I wanted to make a attic I need to take permission from council and I want it to convert it to a big room my daughter is diagnosed with adhdshe needs her own bedroom asmy house is 3 bedroom I have 3 boys 1 girl me my husband I wanted to know if I will be able to gets grantfrom council .
Sayida - 22-Jul-18 @ 3:02 PM
my local council won't fund for an extension we would need about £40.000 and they said that they would rather provide him with a flat but he would still need someone to look after him and we probably wouldnt be close at hand.I am literally tearing my hair out!
kathleen ward - 28-Jun-18 @ 11:17 AM
kathleen ward - Your Question:
My son is a wheel chair user with cerebral palsy.He is now 26 years old and I have always cared for him but due to the fact that we only have an ordinary kitchen I cant teach him any life skills in the way of cooking etc,We also havn't got a downstairs loo and he has to get up and down the stairs on his bottom.He actually hasnt been in thr garden since he got too big to carry.Is there any way of getting a grant to build an extension so we can have a loo and a low level kitchen that he can use?

Our Response:
You should be entitled to a disabled facilities grant. Talk to your local council.
GrantsExpert - 27-Jun-18 @ 2:15 PM
my son is a wheel chair user with cerebral palsy.He is now 26 years old and I have always cared for him but due to the fact that we only have an ordinary kitchen I cant teach him any life skills in the way of cooking etc,We also havn't got a downstairs loo and he has to get up and down the stairs on his bottom.He actually hasnt been in thr garden since he got too big to carry.Is there any way of getting a grant to build an extension so we can have a loo and a low level kitchen that he can use?
kathleen ward - 26-Jun-18 @ 5:40 PM
Coco, Have you tried your local council for a disabled facilities grant. (Warning mine took over 2 years and made a hell of a mess) you need an OT assessment first.
Victoria - 22-Jun-18 @ 5:11 PM
Hi just wondering if anybody could help me I need to find some form of funding to help my daughter be able to use my back garden my back garden is really overgrown all and leveled up here so my daughter would not be able to walk on it without falling down and I Need it leveled I've tried various charities I just didn't know where to look or what to do
Shantel-louise Ashfo - 20-Jun-18 @ 5:06 PM
Hi I need a walk in shower for my husbandwho has fourth stage cancerI own my houseand don't have enough money to get one is there any charity that would help ,
Coco - 11-Jun-18 @ 5:35 PM
Can any one help me my husband has 4stage cancer and wee need to
Coco - 11-Jun-18 @ 5:30 PM
Lunny - Your Question:
My disabled partner moved out on me while I was on holiday. He had a grant for an extension 5 years ago we have been together 9 years. Will I have to repay this or part of it. I was only able to work part time to help to care for him. I did not need this extension for myself purely for my ex partner. The house belongs to myself and is mortgaged. I only wirk 21 hours. I'm so worried

Our Response:
Talk to your local authority. In some cases, the grant does has to be repaid if the property is sold etc.
GrantsExpert - 11-Jun-18 @ 2:01 PM
My disabled partner moved out on me while I was on holiday. He had a grant for an extension 5 years ago we have been together 9 years. Will I have to repay this or part of it. I was only able to work part time to help to care for him. I did not need this extension for myself purely for my ex partner. The house belongs to myself and is mortgaged. I only wirk 21 hours. I'm so worried
Lunny - 8-Jun-18 @ 11:25 AM
hi, i have continence problem due to my neurologic problems. i find it hard to go upstairs too with the same condition i got. i get worse (getting stiff, shaky, incontinent, feels depressed and frustrated) mostly during night time. can i avail of a disability facility grant ( having a bedroom and toilet downstairs). I have a blue badge and am getting a PIP. I hope you could give light on this matter.
mags - 22-May-18 @ 7:00 PM
Poolelass - Your Question:
I am disabled and have recently been accepted for enhanced mobility for P.I.P. I'm unable to get my garden done anymore and it needs digging up and grasses over. I also need to get a shed and slabs for underneath to put my mobility chair into as I live in a small flat etc. I'm in a private rented flat and my landlord is impossible to get hold of. I've been trying a few months now to find out if he will help pay to have it done but I'm getting no response. Would I be entitled to a grant or any other help to get this garden and shed sorted out? Please let me know asap many thanks.

Our Response:
Talk to your local council. They may be able to tell you whether any of this can be covered with a disabled facilities grant or whether there are any other locally available grants.
GrantsExpert - 9-May-18 @ 11:23 AM
Kaka - Your Question:
Hi,I have a disable daughter 7year with spina bifida.We are going to buy a house which has enough space for extensions.We have viewed many house but that wasn't suitable for my daughter.I have 4 children so we have chosen that property which is suitable for all children and specially for my daughter.There is not downstairs bathroom but we need when we move this house as she cannot you upstairs bathroom.I do her bowl wash every day.It tooks me 2 hours in bathtub.There is not bathtub so I want to build down stairs bathroom.Can I asses this house before I get key?I have started my paper work for this house but I think it will take 3 months so I want to know.Can I asses this house.I look forward to hearing from you as soon as possible. I would be appreciate if you could make it.Thanks for your consideration and time

Our Response:
You should always be able to view properties before you buy or rent. Contact your local council to see if your daughter is eligible for the disabled facilities grant in order to install a downstairs bathroom.
GrantsExpert - 8-May-18 @ 3:30 PM
I am disabled and have recently been accepted for enhanced mobility for P.I.P. I'm unable to get my garden done anymore and it needs digging up and grasses over. I also need to get a shed and slabs for underneath to put my mobility chair into as I live in a small flat etc. I'm in a private rented flat and my landlord is impossible to get hold of. I've been trying a few months now to find out if he will help pay to have it done but I'm getting no response. Would I be entitled to a grant or any other help to get this garden and shed sorted out? Please let me know asap many thanks.
Poolelass - 8-May-18 @ 12:21 PM
Hi,I have a disable daughter 7year with spina bifida.We are going to buy a house which has enough space for extensions.We have viewed many house but that wasn't suitable for my daughter.I have 4 children so we have chosen that property which is suitable for all children and specially for my daughter.There is not downstairs bathroom but we need when we move this house as she cannot you upstairs bathroom.I do her bowl wash every day.It tooks me 2 hours in bathtub.There is not bathtub so I want to build down stairs bathroom.Can I asses this house before I get key?I have started my paper work for this house but I think it will take 3 months so I want to know.Can I asses this house.I look forward to hearing from you as soon as possible. I would be appreciate if you could make it.Thanks for your consideration and time
Kaka - 6-May-18 @ 10:16 PM
Corin - Your Question:
I have a disabled Son, (Severe Autism). He has full PIP. We have a garden room in our house that the previous owners installed a 6 Seater Hot Tub/ Jacuzzi. We would like it removed & turned into a chill out/play room for our son. Could we get funding to facilitate this? It would require someone removing or dismantling the side of the garden room & disconnecting the electrical supply.

Our Response:
It might be worth checking with your local council to see if this would be covered by the disabled facilities grant.
GrantsExpert - 4-May-18 @ 12:06 PM
I have a disabled Son, (Severe Autism). He has full PIP. We have a garden room in our house that the previous owners installed a 6 Seater Hot Tub/ Jacuzzi. We would like it removed & turned into a chill out/play room for our son. Could we get funding to facilitate this? It would require someone removing or dismantling the side of the garden room & disconnecting the electrical supply.
Corin - 2-May-18 @ 3:56 PM
Lesley - Your Question:
Hi, My Auntie is now at home following an operation with complications which resulted in her being a double amputee. She lives in a housing association ground floor flat which has not been adapted. She cannot move from room to room and does not have a wet room. She is imprisoned in her home. Her son is caring for her the best he can a single parent. Please can you give any help or advice as this has all come as a devastating shock and we want to give her the best quality of life possible.

Our Response:
Her housing association should be able to help but we think she will be eligible for a Disabled Facilities Grant...her local council is the place to apply for one of these.
GrantsExpert - 30-Apr-18 @ 11:56 AM
Hi, My Auntie is now at home following an operation with complications which resulted in her being a double amputee. She lives in a housing association ground floor flat which has not been adapted. She cannot move from room to room and does not have a wet room. She is imprisoned in her home. Her son is caring for her the best he can a single parent. Please can you give any help or advice as this has all come as a devastating shock and we want to give her the best quality of life possible.
Lesley - 28-Apr-18 @ 12:37 PM
I am now under palatable care and I have about a year or two before my illness kills me. Do I still need to go through all the financial checks before I can be awarded a grant for a bigger bathroom, as the one we have is not big enough for a wheelchair, plus I won't be able to to use the bath any more
Jac - 25-Apr-18 @ 10:45 PM
Glam-ma - Your Question:
Hi I am a council tenant. I have a disabled grandchild who has GO he is 4yrs old and can not walk. I have him every weekend. He is getting very big and heavy to carry up my stairs. I do not have the money to put a stair lift in myself. Would the council help with the funding for this? As he is getting older & bigger the problem is only going to get worse

Our Response:
It's unlikely that a grant would be given if you are not the main carer. Are you registered as a respite provider or similar?
GrantsExpert - 10-Apr-18 @ 3:09 PM
Hi I am a council tenant. I have a disabled grandchild who has GO he is 4yrs old and can not walk. I have him every weekend. He is getting very big and heavy to carry up my stairs. I do not have the money to put a stair lift in myself. Would the council help with the funding for this? As he is getting older & biggerthe problem is only going to get worse
Glam-ma - 9-Apr-18 @ 10:57 PM
Hi, I am new to all this but I have a 16yr old daughter who has high functioning Autism diagnosis with mental health issues. We only have a 5foot x 3 foot tiny shower room and also a seperate toilet also in a tiny room, my daughter has massive OCD issues and cannot use the shower room and is now starting to become the same with the toilet room. She is now taking baths at my friends house due to the anxiety of these issues and I was wondering if I would be able to get some help to build a small extension to our council home to build a proper bathroom where she can move about in there and also be able to get a bath fitted as she's now refusing to use the shower as she's feeling closed in and can't breathe in there. I just wondered if I could get any help anywhere ? Thank you
Sharro - 30-Mar-18 @ 11:32 PM
My husband needs a stairlift .I am thinking of applying for a grant.We have savings under the stated amount and are on state pensions .My daughter and her four children live here too and she is in receipt of tax credits .My question is ,will her income affect our application ,
Scot - 9-Mar-18 @ 2:19 PM
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
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