What is a disabled facilities grant?
Disabled Facilities Grants are mandatory grants for essential adaptations to give people with disabilities improved freedom of movement in and around their homes and give access to essential facilities.
What type of work does the grant cover?
Mandatory Disabled Facilities Grants cover a range of works such as ramps, widening doors, creating ground floor bathrooms, replacing existing bathrooms, and adapting heating/lighting controls.
The grant also covers specialist equipment like stair lifts, through-floor lifts, tracking hoists, wash and dry toilets, and height adjustable baths.
Who can apply?
You can apply for a disabled facilities grant if you are a disabled person who is an owner-occupier or tenant or you are the parent or guardian of a disabled child.
If you are the owner-occupier or tenant and a disabled person lives with you, you may apply for a grant on their behalf. If you are a landlord, you may apply for a grant on behalf of your disabled tenant.
What is the maximum amount of grant?
The maximum grant we can pay is currently £30,000; however in exceptional circumstances the Council has the discretion to award up to £60,000.
You may be required to make a contribution based on a means test, although there is currently no means test applicable form grant work expected to cost below £7,000. Regardless of grant amount the means test is not applicable for young people (under 19) or if you are in receipt of any of the following means tested benefits:
Income related Employment and Support Allowance
Guaranteed Pension Credit
Income based Job Seekers Allowance
Joint claim Job Seekers Allowance
Housing Benefit / Local Housing Allowance (tenants only)
Working or Child Tax Credit and earnings less than £15,050 per annum
Additional flexible grants
From October 2018 Rossendale Borough Council is introducing new measures available through the Disabled Facilities Grant, although a referral from an Occupational Therapist will be required. These new measures include; help with repairs or improvements to allow hospital discharge, maintenance of adaptation related equipment, and in some circumstances assistance with professional fees. These new flexible measures are explained fully in the DFG policy.
For further information on Disabled Facilities Grants, you can view our guide, and the policy is also available for more in depth information here DFG policy, or you can contact us using the details below.