A Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) is used to pay for essential adaptations to help you live safely and independently in your home.
These adaptations may include:
- Widening doors and installing ramps to help you get in or out of your home
- Improving access to rooms and facilities - e.g. by installing a stair-lift
- Improving access to bathing facilities - this can be simple changes such as removing your bath and installing a level access shower, or lowering and changing the type of wash basin to make accessing a sink easier for wheel chair users
- Adapting heating or lighting controls, or even kitchen units, to make them easier to reach
Not all changes to your home can be covered by Disabled Facilities Grants. Where a grant cannot be provided the council will work with you to try and find alternative solutions or direct you to other agencies that may be able to provide assistance.
You can apply for the grant if you or someone living in your property is disabled.
To apply for the grant you must:
- Be the owner of the property or a tenant (with an owners or tenancy certificate), and
- Intend that the property will continue to be occupied by the disabled person for at least 5 years, as their main or only home
- If you are a landlord and have a disabled tenant. Landlords will need to provide proof of ownership when supplying their consent for any adaptations
How to Apply
We firstly require a referral from an Occupational Therapist (OT) in order to provide anyone with a grant. The first step for all applicants is to contact Lincolnshire County Council (LCC) on the numbers below to arrange this.
Adult enquiries: 01522 782 155 / Child enquiries: 01522 782 111
Once West Lindsey District Council (WLDC) receive a recommendation, we will then consider whether your home is suitable and check that you are eligible for a grant.
If you are in receipt of the following benefits you will be automatically eligible for a grant:
- Housing Benefit
- Universal Credit
- Income Support
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Income-based Job Seeker’s Allowance
- Guarantee Pension Credit
- Working Tax Credit and/or Child Tax Credit (with an annual income below £15,050)
However, if you are not in receipt of any of the above benefits, you may still be eligible for a grant. DFG’s are means tested and the amount you will be eligible for depends on your income, savings and assets and any other benefits you currently receive.
WLDC now offers discretionary grants which can cover the customer’s contribution or full cost of the grant should they be ineligible at first. Please note that WLDC considers each application for a discretionary grant on a case by case basis.
Please see our additional funding options which can be viewed on the Housing Assistance Policy web page
Competent contractors are used regularly by WLDC and have shown satisfactory performance in all works undertaken, including for work on behalf of vulnerable clients.
They will have conformed to our requirements for liability insurance and should be certified in respect of any relevant specialist trades.
In some cases, they will be experienced in working in partnership with local government and may be members of TrustMark or Construction Line. All contractors are also DBS checked.
If you are already in the process of applying for a grant, or you would just like some advice, please contact the Housing Assistance Team on 01427 676618 or at firstname.lastname@example.org