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Disabled Adaptation Funding

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  Disabled Adaptation Funding

 

Disabled facilities grants may be awarded to owner-occupiers, tenants or landlords, to assist with the cost of adapting the home to meet the needs of an occupant with a disability. Disabled facilities grants can be given for works such as:

  • overcoming any obstacles that prevent the occupant with disabilities from moving freely into and around the property
  • making the property safe for the occupant with disabilities and other people residing in the property
  • providing a suitable bedroom
  • providing an accessible bathroom and water closet, or enabling easier use of the existing amenities
  • enabling easier use of the kitchen
  • improving the heating system
  • enabling easier use of the sources of power, light or heat
  • improving access and movement around the home to enable the occupant with a disability to care for another resident

Disabled facilities grants may also be awarded for work not listed above, subject to the availability of funds.

Types of disabled adaptation funding

All the types of grants and loans are outlined below together with an indication of whether they are mandatory or discretionary:

  • Disabled Facilities Grant (Mandatory)
    As previously mentioned this is a grant available to help adapt your home to increase your independence and maintain your dignity (for example the installation of a stair lift, a level access shower in place of a bath, or a ramp to help you get in and out of your home). These are just examples, and there are other works that can be considered depending on your circumstances. The grant is means tested for adults (but not children), and the maximum grant is £30,000.

     

  • Disabled Facilities Top Up Grant (Discretionary)
    Whilst the maximum mandatory Disabled Facilities Grant is £30,000, additional funding has allowed us to offer a discretionary 'top up' grant of up to £10,000 making the maximum grant funding to be up to £40,000.

     

  • Disabled Facilities Top Up Loan (Discretionary)
    Where the cost of the adaptation funded by the Disabled Facilities Grant is over £40,000, additional funding has allowed us to offer a 'top up' loan of up to £10,000. This makes the total financial package for major adaptations to be up to £50,000.

     

  • Palliative Care and Hospital Discharge Grant (Discretionary)

    A fast track grant available without means testing to assist with

    palliative care needs or urgent works to enable a timely hospital discharge. The eligible works would need to be supported by an Occupational Therapist. The grant is up to a maximum of £5,000.

 

  • Minor Disabled Adaptation Grant (Discretionary)

          This is a fast track grant of up to £1,000 to help with specific smaller items of work within a short timescale.

 

  • Home Repair loans (Discretionary) (Owner occupiers only)

          A discretionary loan of up to £15,000 to remedy disrepair that would affect the health and safety of the occupant.

 

How to apply for a disabled facilities grant

A disabled facility grant is completed by the joint co-operation of New Forest District Council and Hampshire County Council

In order to apply for a grant you will need :-

  • To complete a provisional financial assessment to assess if you have a contribution to make towards the cost of the disabled facility grant (NFDC) and
  • A referral from an Occupational Therapist (HCC)

Please contact Private Sector Housing Team for a provisional financial assessment form.

Once you have received the provisional financial assessment result, you will need to contact HCC Contact and Resolution Team (CART) on 0300 555 1386 and request a referral.

It is essential that no work is started before a grant is approved, otherwise the offer of a grant will be declined.

Updated: 30 Oct 2019
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