A Disabled Facilities Grant is a grant made by the District Council to help towards the cost of adapting your home to enable you to continue to live there. In order to help decide what adaption would be most suitable for you the District Council works in partnership with occupational therapists from Derbyshire County Council.
Who can apply?
An applicant must either be the owner of the dwelling or be a tenant (including licensees), and be able to provide to the District Council the necessary 'owner's certificate' or 'tenant's certificate'. This will not necessarily be the disabled person for whom the works are required. In such cases the applicant should make it clear on whose behalf the application is being made.
You should not assume that you will automatically qualify for a grant, as they are means tested. The maximum amount of grant that a council can pay is £30,000 per application, less any assessed contribution from you.
What is a grant available for?
A grant can be used for adaptations to give you better freedom of movement into and around your home and/or to provide essential facilities within it.
If you are disabled, acceptable types of work include:
- widening doors and installing ramps
- providing or improving access to rooms and facilities - for example, by installing a stair lift or providing a downstairs bathroom
- improving or providing a heating system which is suitable for your needs
- adapting heating or lighting controls to make them easier to use
- improving access to and movement around the home to enable you to care for another person who lives in the property, such as a child.
An occupational therapist from Derbyshire County Council will look at your circumstances and can recommend the type of adaptation(s) needed.
How to apply
For further information please contact the Environmental Health section.