Disabled Facilities Grant
Updated: 28 May 2016
A Disabled Facilities Grant is provided by the Northern Ireland Housing Executive to help to improve the home of a person with a disability and is based on the recommendation of an Occupational Therapist.
Who can apply for Disabled Facilities Grant?
Owner occupiers, landlords or private tenants may get assistance to carry out adaptations provided there is a person with a disability living in the house and the work is recommended by an Occupational Therapist.
What can I use it for?
Only works recommended by your local Occupational Therapist, unless otherwise agreed by the local Health Trust and the Housing Executive, can be considered for grant aid.
Typical works may include:
- Improving access to your bathroom, living room or bedroom;
- Providing additional bathroom facilities;
- Making changes to the kitchen to make the preparation and cooking of food easier;
- Adapting lighting or heating controls;
- Improving your heating system.
An Occupational Therapist will look at your circumstances and can recommend the type of adaptation(s) needed.
How much can I get?
The amount of grant paid depends on the approved cost of the work and an assessment of your personal and financial circumstances. A contribution may have to be made towards the cost of the work, although if the recommendations are for a child, no contribution is required.
Can I do other work?
Yes, but the costs for this will have to be paid by you and will not be grant-aided by the Housing Executive.
How do I apply?
Contact your local Health and Social Services Trust, who will answer your questions, start the process and contact the Housing Executive. You can also speak to your GP or social worker.
Can I get help to process my application?
Your local Housing Executive Grants' Office will answer your questions at any stage of the process. If you are elderly or have special needs, arrangements can be made with some independent agencies to assist you.
How long does it take?
This depends on the level of demand and the money available.
When will I receive my grant payment?
You will be paid when the work is finished and acceptable to the Occupational Therapist and the Housing Executive and you have sent the Housing Executive all accounts, receipts and certificates. You can receive payments during the work if the Grants’ Manager agrees to this.
It is important to note that work must not commence until you have received approval to do so from the Housing Executive.