We provide a Disabled Facilities Grant to adapt the home of a person with a disability.
An Occupational Therapist must recommend the work.
Based on an Occupational Therapist's report, we determine:
It is available to:
Private tenants may qualify for help with adapting a property if you have a person with a disability living in your house.
You must use the grant for adaptation work recommended by your Occupational Therapist (OT). You may need extra work to make sure the required adaptations can be completed.
The OT may recommend adaptions including:
Your Occupational Therapist will look at your circumstances and recommend the work needed.
You may get up to £25,000. The size of the grant will depend on the cost of the work required and your financial circumstances.
In some cases we may increase the award up to a maximum of £50,000.
You may have to make a contribution toward the cost of the work. The amount depends on:
We work out the amount of grant aid we will award based on a 'Schedule of Rates' which reflect fair market rates.
You may need the adaptations for use by an adult. You will then be means tested. This is how we decide if you should meet some of the costs of the works.
We call this the ‘Test of Resources’.
We base the calculation on:
Your income includes:
Your builder can complete work not recommended by an Occupational Therapist. But you will have to pay for it.
The Housing Executive will not grant aid it.
You must tell us if you intend to have extra work carried out.
You cannot apply to the Housing Executive. You must contact the Occupational Therapy service.
You can find an OT through your local:
They will start the process for you.
An Occupational Therapist must make the recommendations.
If you have any questions please contact your local Grants Office on:
T: 03448 920 900 (Textphone 18001 03448 920 900)
Members of our team will be happy to help you at any point of the process.
If you need extra support during the grant application process then you can contact:
Each case is unique. But some factors will affect the length of time:
We will only pay the grant award when:
We may consider making part payments while work is being carried out. You should speak to your Technical Officer about.
You must not start any work until you receive an ‘Approval of Application’ in writing from the Housing Executive.
This approval confirms:
You must provide all the documentation and statutory approvals before we issue this.
It can take up to six months for us to provide an ‘Approval of Application’.