Disabled Facilities Discretionary Grants Policy
The council is currently offering some extra help with grant funding for renewals, repairs and adaptations, targeted at accident prevention, relieving fuel poverty and assisting with hospital discharge.
This extra help includes:
- Relocation grant – if you are eligible for disabled facilities grant and it is not reasonable or practicable to adapt your home. You must be a homeowner or private tenant. The amount you can get is subject to means test (for adults). The maximum amount you can get is £20,000.
- Hospital Discharge grant – any older person aged 65 or over or disabled person, privately renting or home owner, being discharged from hospital or intermediate care can apply. This grant is not means tested. It can fund any work that supports a safe return home. The maximum amount you can get is £2,500.
- Handy Person Services grant – available to homeowners and private tenants aged 65 or over and /or a disabled person to help with small building repairs and minor adaptations. It is not means tested. The maximum amount you can get is £2,500.
- Making Homes Dementia Friendly grant – available to any person diagnosed with dementia who needs help to make changes to their home that would support them to live in their own home safely and for longer. It is not means tested. The maximum amount you can get is £2,500.
- Warm, Safe Home grant – available to any homeowner or private tenant on low incomes and struggling to afford to keep the home warm. The grant is means tested. It can be used to fund electrical and gas safety checks and repairs, boiler repairs or replacement loft and cavity wall insulation. The maximum amount of grant available has been topped up to £20,000 using Warmer Homes programme funding.
For relatively straightforward adaptations that do not need a specialist OT assessment, such as external rails, door intercom and automatic door entry systems, the council can accept a recommendation from another health or housing professional for work up to £5,000.
Extra financial help
- In some cases, the council may agree to fund adaptations more than the DFG grant limit of £30,000, up to a total of £60,000.
- If you have an assessed contribution toward the cost of adapting your home under the normal grant rules, the council can pay up to £5,000 toward your contribution.
If you have recently returned home from hospital or care and would like more information about the Hospital Discharge grant or the Handy Person Services grant, please contact Possability People.
Possability People’s Hospital Discharge Support Team coordinate applications for this extra help.
For more information about the disabled facilities grant (DFG) and the wider range of grant funded assistance on offer, please contact the Disabled Facilities Grant team:
You can also read our Disabled Facilities Grant Housing Policy [PDF 212KB]