What is a Disabled Facilities Grant? Some Local Authorities offer the DFG in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland.
DFG GUIDE: A Disabled Facilities Grant helps to cover the cost of making essential improvements to your home.
That means many people with disabilities can continue to live in their own homes. But a DFG is usually based on the recommendation of an occupational therapist.
This guide explains who can apply for a Disabled Facilities Grant. We also list the kind of changes the money pays for.
There must be a person with a disability living in the property. If so, owner occupiers, private tenants, or landlords may get a DFG. The financial assistance can help pay for necessary adaptations to the building.
You may get the grant if the changes you need are necessary to meet your needs. The list of alterations and adaptations include:
Note: A Disabled Facilities Grant does not affect your rights to benefits and allowances.
How much you get depends on two main factors:
In some cases you may need to pay an amount towards the cost of the work to your property.
Disability Facilities Grant England: Up to £30,000
Disability Facilities Grant Wales: Up to £36,000
Disability Facilities Grant Northern Ireland: Up to £25,000
Disability Facilities Grant Scotland: Not available (you may get support for equipment and adaptations)
Disabled grants are also available to children under 18. A child with a disability can qualify without the inclusion of their parents' income. Your local council can offer you further information.
You must wait for council approval to your application. Starting work on your property before they approve means you may not get any grant whatsoever.
You will get the money either:
In most cases your council will pay the contractor directly. Another method is payment by a cheque for you to pass on to the workers. Your local council will agree the terms with you when they approve your application.
In most cases it will be either:
Note: What happens if you (or a relative) carries out the work? In this case the council only accepts invoices for materials or services that you have paid for.
There is an eligibility criteria to qualify for Disabled Facilities Grants. A landlord can also apply for a disability grant if they have a disabled tenant. Either you or a person living in your property must have a disability.
You or the person that you are applying for must:
The council will need to be fully satisfied that the disability grant work is:
You must apply for any separate or relevant planning permission or building regulations approval.
The council can request you use a qualified architect or surveyor to design and oversee the work. But, you can use some of the grant to pay their fees if you get accepted.
Apply for the grant through your local council housing department. As a rule your local council will send an occupational therapist (OT) to meet you. The OT will review your circumstances and help determine what changes you may need.
You can appeal to your Council Authority if are not satisfied with their decision. If you are still unhappy after an appeal you can complain to the Local Government Ombudsman.
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