Disabled Facilities Grants
Disabled Facilities Grants can help meet the cost of making changes to your home so you or someone you live with can live safely and independently. People of all ages and tenures can apply to their local council for a grant.
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You could get a grant from your council if you or someone you live with needs to make changes to your home, to live safely and independently.
You or someone you live with might:
have a mental health condition
be physically disabled
have a learning disability
have cognitive impairments e.g. dementia
have a progressive condition e.g. motor neurone disease
have age related disabilities
live with a terminal illness
Changes you might need to make to your home could be to:
widen doors and install ramps or grabrails
improving access to rooms and facilities e.g. install a stairlift, level access shower, or create a downstairs bathroom
improve access to and from your garden
build an extension, for example, to provide a downstairs bedroom
provide a heating system suitable for your needs
adapt heating or lighting controls to make them easier to use
get assistive technology to help you live more independently
If your application is approved by your local council, how much you get depends on:
your household income
your household savings over £6,000
A Disabled Facilities Grant won’t affect any benefits you get.
The maximum grant amount for a single application is below.
Councils can top up grants if this is locally and set out in local policies.
England - up to £30,000 per applicant
Wales - up to £36,000 per applicant
Northern Ireland - up to £25,000 per applicant
Scotland Disabled Facilities Grants are not available - find out about support for equipment and adaptations
To apply for a grant you must be:
a homeowner (this can include if you are a landlord with a disabled tenant)
a council tenant
a housing association tenant
a private tenant
someone who lives in a houseboat or caravan
If you aren’t a homeowner or tenant, then the homeowner or tenant must make the application on your behalf.
You or the person you are applying for that needs changes made to your property must intend to live in the property during the grant period. This is usually 5 years but can be shorter depending on your health and circumstances.
Your local council needs to be happy that the work to your property is:
necessary and appropriate to meet your needs or those of the person you are applying for
reasonable and can be done - depending on the age and condition of the property
Your local council will check what changes you need, usually through a home visit by an occupational therapist or trusted assessor.
The Disabled Facilities Grant aims to help eligible older and disabled people to make changes to their home so they can access and use all essential facilities. Changes to the home could include widening doors, installing ramps, grabrails, or a level access shower, building an extension, adapting or providing a suitable heating system or getting assistive technology to help you live more independently.
Applications may be submitted at any time.
How to apply
You can apply for a Disabled Facilities Grant through your local council.
You can find out more information about the grant and how to apply below:
Northern Ireland - https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/disabled-facilities-grants
Scotland - Disabled Facilities Grants are not available, find out about support for equipment and adaptations