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A Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) can help you pay for adaptations in your home.
If you are finding it difficult to:
Please note: if you are a tenant, you would need to get your landlord’s permission to adapt the property.
Call the helpdesk on 023 9268 0810 to request an Occupational Therapy assessment of your needs.
You can also hire your own private occupational therapist to make recommendations for adaptations. We can consider this too, and the cost of their report could be paid for through the grant if you qualify.
After you contact us, an Occupational Therapist (OT) will assess your needs and decide what adaptations you might need. The property will then be assessed by a Housing Renewals Officer to make sure the adaptations can be carried out.
Download our Disabled Facilities Grant process document for more information about the application process, eligibility and terms and conditions of the grant.
Level access showers and stair lifts
Currently, if an Occupational Therapist (OT) recommends you need a level access shower (in your existing bathroom or shower room) and/or a stair lift, the full cost can be covered by the grant. This means you would not need to pay towards the cost of the shower or stair lift regardless of your financial circumstances. Please note: This is a discretionary scheme and is subject to available funding. Grant funding is not guaranteed until you receive written confirmation that your grant application has been approved.
For all other adaptations, you will be financially assessed (means tested) to determine if and how much you may need to pay towards the works.
Support with carrying out the adaptations
We offer a Home Improvement Agency Service, where officers will help you through the whole process from start to finish. This includes support with making your grant application, creating a specification for the works required, finding suitable builders to do the work, and making sure that the work carried out by the builders follow the specifications. This service comes with a cost, but the grant can also cover this fee.
We have other options to support you with an adaption if you don’t qualify for a Disabled Facilities Grant:
We have other financial assistance available if you need help with repairs to your property
We have a range of grants and loans available to financially assist you in carrying out repairs to your property, with more comfort, safety and security. These are available to home owners and landlords of empty properties.
For more information on the grants and loans we have available, visit our ‘Grants and loans for home repair’ page.