One of the main aims of the Home Improvement Grants system is that resources should be targeted at those who can least afford to pay for the works to their properties. If you apply for a Renovation Grant, Replacement Grant or Disabled Facilities Grant, you will be means tested to find out whether you are able to make a financial contribution towards the approved cost of the work.
However, if a Disabled Facilities Grant is awarded for adaptations for a dependent child, the parents/guardians will not be means tested.
Is the means test the same for Owner Occupiers/landlords and tenants?
We will apply the same means test to tenants and owner occupiers.
Grants awarded to landlords are percentage based. Normally there is a 50% grant available, but this percentage will be higher in designated regeneration areas.
If you are a landlord in a Group Repair Scheme you will have no contribution to make toward the cost of work.
How is the test of resources carried out?
The calculation is based on your average weekly income measured against your basic needs. We will take into account factors such as: family status, disability and age. If your resources are less than your needs then the grant will meet the full approved cost of the work.
If we find that your resources are greater than your needs, then your remaining income will be used to calculate the size of loan we think you can afford. Therefore the total amount we award for a grant will be the total approved cost of the work less the amount you can afford to borrow.
For more information please contact your local Grants Office.