Disabled Facilities Grant
If you or someone living in your property is disabled, you may qualify for a Disabled Facilities Grant. This grant goes towards the cost of providing adaptations and/or facilities to meet necessary basic housing needs for someone with a disability.
Please be aware that government funded Disabled Facilities Grants will take time to process through to the approval stage. This is due to more than one party being involved with a very strict procedure to follow including occupational therapist reports, landlord consent (if applicable), technical drawings, building and planning consent to name a few. From the moment Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) receives a full, formal application with correct quotes from the surveyor, it must then be approved within six months.
Who can apply for a grant and how much might they receive
An applicant must either be the owner of his/her home (this includes a mobile home), a private or housing association tenant or a landlord with a disabled tenant.
All grant applications are means tested, unless the applicant is a disabled child. The test will calculate what contribution, if any, an applicant might have to make towards the cost of any proposed works. Currently there is a maximum grant aid limit of £30,000 towards proposed work, over and above the contribution of an applicant (if any).
When you apply to MVDC for a Disabled Facilities Grant, checks will be made that the proposed works are:
- necessary and appropriate to meet the disabled person's needs
- reasonable and practical, depending on the age and condition of the property
Disabled Facilities Grants are available when there is an occupant of the dwelling who is disabled. The grants can cover a variety of adaptations including those to:
- allow you access to and from the house (for example, widening doors for wheelchair access and installing ramps)
- make the house safe for you
- allow you access to a room used or usable as a living room
- allow you access to, or providing, an appropriate bedroom
- help you to prepare and cook food
- facilitate access and movement around the home to allow you to care for someone dependent on you who also lives there
MVDC needs to be satisfied about each of these matters and can refuse the Disabled Facilities Grant if the scheme does not meet these requirements.
Conditions of the grant being awarded
Grant aid will not be paid if work is started before MVDC approves the application.
The cost of employing an architect or a surveyor may be included in the costs of the grant, however, if a surveyor is employed and MVDC refuses the grant application, the applicant must pay the cost of appointing the surveyor.
Processing a Disabled Facilities Grant from start to finish is likely to take between 6 - 12 months. As part of the process, an applicant will need to have an assessment by an occupational therapist and this can take some time. MVDC will also need to gain consent from the landlord before starting any works if the applicant's property is rented.
Condition of grant
In certain circumstances, MVDC has introduced a policy on the repayment of grant-aided monies in relation to disabled adaptations. This will work on a sliding scale depending on how much money was put into the grant and how long it has been in place before sale of the property.
Please call 01306 885001 or email email@example.com for more details.
Who carries out the works
MVDC works in partnership with Independent Home Solutions (IHS). They are a not-for-profit home improvement agency and registered as a community interest company.
IHS oversee all the works done on properties using one or more of their listed and vetted contractors.
For more information on the service provided by IHS, please call 01737 845630, email firstname.lastname@example.org or send your enquiry to: Independent Home Solutions CIC, The Old Crumpet Factory, 16, Brockham Lane, Brockham, Surrey, RH3 7EL
How to apply for a grant
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