If you have a disability and are a resident of East Hampshire District Council, you may be eligible for a Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG). This is a grant to adapt your home to enable you to be more independent.
The DFG is means-tested which means that your income and savings are assessed according to the rules set out in government regulations. The adaptations must be “necessary and appropriate” and “reasonable and practicable” as set out in the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996.
The maximum amount which could be given is £30,000.
Who can apply?
- Home owners
- Housing association tenants
- Private tenants
- Landlords who have a disabled tenant.
The disability can be caused by physical illness or injury, a major sight, hearing, speech, or mental-health problem, or a learning disability.
Applicants must be referred by a social services occupational therapist.
Children under the age of 18
If you care for or are under 18 years of age and have a disability, you are entitled to be assessed for a DFG which is not means-tested. The assessment will look at your family’s needs in supporting you.
Your parents or carers must be receiving Child Benefit for you.
What type of work qualifies?
You can use the grant to make changes that:
- Improve access, both to and from, and within the home
- Help the disabled person care for resident dependants, such as children
- Make the home safe
- Provide or improve heating
- Help the disabled person use basic amenities.
Who is likely to qualify under the means test?
You are likely to get the full grant if you:
- Are claiming for a disabled child (18 years old or younger)
- Get Income Support (including Guaranteed Pension Credit)
Even if you have significant savings, you will often get some help to pay for the work.
To apply for a disabled facilities grant, please contact us online or call 01730 266551.