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Grants for Adapting Your Property Due to Disability

By: Jennifer Lowe - Updated: 22 May 2017 | 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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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
I have three children, my eldest has ADHD and autism and struggles sharing his bedroom due to him being over stimulated with his brother in his room. We can't put his younger brother to bed until he is asleep as he has a tendency to hurt his little brother and out pillows over his face. We have been given permission to extend our property from our housing association would we qualify for a grant to help the costs towards building an extension on the house so my autistic son can have his own bedroom with specific sensory requirements ?
Roxy19899 - 22-May-17 @ 10:21 PM
Jess - Your Question:
Hi I'm in a 3 bed council house. There is 2 adults 6 children living here. Eldest child has adhd and autism we have made him a small separate bedroom me and my husband are sleeping on a sofa bed downstairs as the other 5 children have the 3 bedrooms. Is there any grants we could apply for for help building a exstion as local council they don't have a good se big enough for us in the local area x thank you x

Our Response:
It's unlikely that you will be able to build an extension on a council property. Speak with your housing department and ask them what suggestions they have.
GrantsExpert - 19-May-17 @ 2:15 PM
Pammyd - Your Question:
My driveway is unsafe and I have tripped over on the uneven slabs. It's a council bungalow but they won't do it and I want to park my car on it which will help me with my mobility in the bad weather. They say it's not their problem as they don't do drives

Our Response:
If you have a registered disability you may be able to claim a disabled facilities grant - there's more information here
GrantsExpert - 19-May-17 @ 10:40 AM
Hi I'm in a 3 bed council house. There is 2 adults 6 children living here. Eldest child has adhd andautism we have made him a small separate bedroom me and my husband are sleeping on a sofa bed downstairs as the other 5 children have the 3 bedrooms . Is there any grants we could apply for for help building a exstion as local council they don't have a good se big enough for us in the local area x thank you x
Jess - 18-May-17 @ 1:21 PM
Kirstyann - Your Question:
My partner and I are currently moving house however he is disabled and on PIP & ESA and requires a low level shower / Wetroom. None of the properties within our price range have either. Can we apply for a grant to convert the bathroom even though we would have only just moved into the house?

Our Response:
Have you looked into the Disabled Facilities Grant?
GrantsExpert - 18-May-17 @ 11:17 AM
My driveway is unsafe and I have tripped over on the uneven slabs.It's a council bungalow but they won't do it and I want to park my car on it which will help me with my mobility in the bad weather . They say it's not their problem as they don't do drives
Pammyd - 18-May-17 @ 4:39 AM
My partner and I are currently moving house however he is disabled and on PIP & ESA and requires a low level shower / Wetroom. None of the properties within our price range have either. Can we apply for a grant to convert the bathroom even though we would have only just moved into the house?
Kirstyann - 17-May-17 @ 6:46 AM
Hi my mum has terminal cancer and lost the use of her legs she owns her own property but it's living in the living room is there and funding she could get to put a wet room down stairs has she has no money to do this
Shell - 12-May-17 @ 11:42 PM
Bec - Your Question:
Hi, my dad has been diagnosed terminal with cancer. Due to it being in his bones he struggles to use the stairs, kitchen and bathroom. Would he a be able to apply for a grant to help adjust the house for his needs?

Our Response:
He could apply for a disabled facilities grants but would need medical support to do so. Try his local council first of all to see if they know of any grant funding.
GrantsExpert - 9-May-17 @ 12:15 PM
Hi, my dad has been diagnosed terminal with cancer. Due to it being in his bones he struggles to use the stairs, kitchen and bathroom. Would he a be able to apply for a grant to help adjust the house for his needs?
Bec - 7-May-17 @ 8:45 PM
Nan - Your Question:
Hi. I would like to know if it would be worth me applying for a grant to get a dropped kerb and driveway put in garden.It would make it easier for me as it would be closer to back door.Im disabled with DDD. spinal stenosis,fibromyalgia (18 tender points) and CFS. Im also on benefits.

Our Response:
You may be able to get this work done under the disabled facilities grant.You must be disabled and must intend to use the driveway for at least the duration of the grant period (which is currently 5 years). Apply to your local council - they will investigate whether the work is necessary and appropriate to your needs and whether it can feasibly be done at your property (planning and highways regulations will need to be considered).
GrantsExpert - 26-Apr-17 @ 10:56 AM
Hi. I would like to know if it would be worth me applying for a grant to get a dropped kerb and driveway put in garden. It would make it easier for me as it would be closer to back door. Im disabled with DDD. spinal stenosis,fibromyalgia (18 tender points) and CFS. Im also on benefits.
Nan - 25-Apr-17 @ 1:42 AM
In my previouspropertyi was allowed a grantfor a wet roombut unfortunaltey had to move on antisocial behaviorwould i be allowed another wet room again pls
Oly - 24-Apr-17 @ 11:47 AM
Hi I have a question me, my husband and 3 children live in a 3 bed council home and were wondering if a disability grant would be awarded for diverting the loft into 2 bedrooms as we have a son with adhd who has his own room but 1 of our daughter's is autistic and is physically abusive to her sister and therefore needs her own room and moving would be out of the question as she can not handle change. Thanks
Lisathrelly - 13-Apr-17 @ 11:27 PM
Ann - Your Question:
My daughter moved into a flat a year ago with her 6 year old son, can she apply for a grant to have her wet room converted back into a bathroom? It's a housing association property & they won't do it thankyou

Our Response:
If it's a housing association flat and it's been adapted for the disabled, they may want to keep it that way for future tenants. So even if she manages to find the funds for a conversion she might need to be prepared to reinstate the wet room should she ever move on. The Turn 2 Us website is the best place to look for locally available grants.
GrantsExpert - 23-Mar-17 @ 11:33 AM
My daughter moved into a flat a year ago with her 6 year old son, can she apply for a grant to have her wet room converted back into a bathroom? It's a housing association property & they won't do it thankyou
Ann - 22-Mar-17 @ 9:33 AM
Kat- Your Question:
Grants expert no the property isn't a council house its private rental and the landlords gave promission for all adaptions to be madd to give the children a better life.

Our Response:
The DFG may not necessarily cover the cost of an extension. The local authority must be satisfied that the works are both ‘necessary and appropriate’ for the needs of the disabled person, and ‘reasonable and practicable’ in relation to the property. Ask your GP or social care organisation for more information what you can and can't ask for.
GrantsExpert - 14-Mar-17 @ 12:51 PM
Grants expert no the property isn't a council house its private rental and the landlords gave promission for all adaptions to be madd to give the children a better life.
Kat - 12-Mar-17 @ 4:34 PM
Kat- Your Question:
So my local council Edinburgh council refuse to put a ramp or build a extension for my 2 disabled children which have both had major spinal surgery and there illness is hurlers sybdrom. CEC expect myself to fund the extension when they've advised the children need there rooms to be downstairs long term as they both find stairs extremely hard to get up and down I need to carry them both up and downstairs and also outside inthere wheelchairs aswell which CEC refuse to put a ramp in until I can fund the extension. Who can I turn to Social Work have advised they have no power to get involved in this fight.

Our Response:
Is it a council property?
GrantsExpert - 10-Mar-17 @ 12:26 PM
So my local council Edinburgh council refuse to put a ramp or build a extension for my 2 disabled children which have both had major spinal surgery and there illness is hurlers sybdrom. CEC expect myself to fund the extension when they've advised the children need there rooms to be downstairs long term as they both find stairs extremely hard to get up and down i need to carry them both up and downstairs and also outside inthere wheelchairs aswell which CEC refuse to put a ramp in until I can fund the extension. Who can I turn to Social Work have advised they have no power to get involved in this fight.
Kat - 9-Mar-17 @ 6:01 PM
Good evening, I would be interested in knowing the respone to the person that left the Message about her son with adhd and autism with the bedroom situation as we have the same issue in our home my son and daughter share a room and both have the same needs and was wondering if the grant for children would cover this type of adaptation ?
Natabat - 3-Mar-17 @ 7:23 PM
LizzyB - Your Question:
Hi, An OT advised I get a stairlift (Rheumatoid Arthritis), she checked over our property which is a Council House. Months later I was told that a surveyor said the property could not be adapted (stair lift), now the council are trying to force us to move. I have been suspect this has been a ploy to force us into a smaller house, so I invited a Stannah representative in to give me a quote. Needless to say - he says there is no issues about installing a stairlift and it was a simple, straightforward job. (I have had to other stairlifts installed under the DFG by the council and never had a survey done - it has always been the OT and the stairlift installer making hte call. I have been now asked the question, if I can stay in my present home and pay for stairlift myself (it will have to be 2nd hand)? I don't understand then why I still can't apply for a DFG? Is the only way to apply is through the Council? I don't work and am on benefits. I appear to be caught in the midst of a Council power struggle.

Our Response:
Maybe if they've already paid for stairlifts in two other properties the council would prefer it if you were in a more suitable (i.e ground floor) property? And maybe because you've already had the grant twice, they consider it might be fairer to offer it to someone else? We really don't know that answer to this as we don't have enough information.
GrantsExpert - 16-Feb-17 @ 11:26 AM
Hi, An OT advised I get a stairlift (Rheumatoid Arthritis), she checked over our property which is a Council House.Months later I was told that a surveyor said the property could not be adapted (stair lift), now the council are trying to force us to move.I have been suspect this has been a ploy to force us into a smaller house, so I invited a Stannah representative in to give me a quote.Needless to say - he says there is no issues about installing a stairlift and it was a simple, straightforward job.(I have had to other stairlifts installed under the DFG by the council and never had a survey done - it has always been the OT and the stairlift installer making hte call.I have been now asked the question, if I can stay in my present home and pay for stairlift myself (it will have to be 2nd hand)?I don't understand then why I still can't apply for a DFG?Is the only way to apply is through the Council?I don't work and am on benefits.I appear to be caught in the midst of a Council power struggle.
LizzyB - 15-Feb-17 @ 12:53 PM
Hi our eldest son has ADHD and on waiting list for Autism assessment.We desperately need to have separate bedrooms for our 2 boys as our eldest has aggressive outbursts, doesn't like his belongings touched and has difficult behaviours. We would like to convert our loft in to a basic bedroom. We live in a two bedroomed shared ownership property.Can we apply for any grants or assistance to convert loft? Eldest son recieves DLA. Thanks any help and advice welcomed.
R - 28-Nov-16 @ 11:13 PM
Hi, i have a son with moderate to severe autism with same level learning difficulties.He has to be monitored when in the bathroom, as he's always turning taps on sliding up and down bath etc & floods bathroom.He has now been diagnosed with epilepsy.So he is safe at bathtime and to give him some independence would we be able to apply for a wet room ? He is 14. Many thanks
dmw1974 - 14-Sep-16 @ 10:39 PM
Kjc - Your Question:
Hi my wife has just been told we have to pay nearly 4000 pounds towards having a drive put in to our council house because at the moment we have to park in a communal carpark about 350 yards away and her occupational therapist said she should get it done I work full time but do not earn good money and we have no savings but the council will not tell her what percentage of the overall cost we are paying and what size grant we are entitled to we are not against paying but it is a large amount and we would like to know When my wife asked the council she was told you don't need to know that Is this correct and can we appeal the amount as it seems very high

Our Response:
We cannot tell you what the cost of putting a driveway into your property would be as we don't know your details and we're not qualified to do so. You should ask an expert (e.g a surveyor, builder or engineer) for a quote if you think the council has overestimated. The actual amount of Disabled Facilities Grant you might getdepends on both of your incomes and savings.
GrantsExpert - 25-Aug-16 @ 12:25 PM
Hi my wife has just been told we have to pay nearly 4000 pounds towards having a drive put in to our council house because at the moment we have to park in a communal carpark about 350 yards away and her occupational therapist said she should get it done I work full time but do not earn good money and we have no savings but the council will not tell her what percentage of the overall cost we are paying and what size grant we are entitled to we are not against paying but it is a large amount and we would like to know When my wife asked the council she was told you don't need to know that Is this correct and can we appeal the amount as it seems very high
Kjc - 22-Aug-16 @ 7:00 PM
Janine- Your Question:
Hi I was wonderingifI could get any help with a drops idea curb and drive done im a cardiffcouncil tenant and they are too expensiveI'm on disabilityand pip I have severe fibromyalgia and inconvenience problems withe nerve damage a drive would help alot as the road side parking is too hard and busy

Our Response:
Speak to your local council about the options for a dropped kerb. The disabled facilities grant may cover it but your council as the landlord would have to apply for it.
GrantsExpert - 17-Aug-16 @ 10:20 AM
Hi I was wonderingifI could get any help with a drops idea curb and drive done im a cardiffcouncil tenant and they are too expensiveI'm on disabilityand pip I have severe fibromyalgia and inconvenience problems withe nerve damage a drive would help alot as the road side parking is too hard and busy
Janine - 16-Aug-16 @ 10:02 AM
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