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Disabled Facilities Grants (DFG) are a national programme funded by the central government to help to ensure that people with a disability, chronic illness or a reduced level of mobility can continue to live independently and safely within their own homes. The maximum grant award is £30,000.
Means testing of applicants
We use a standardised financial means test to decide if a person is eligible for the grant, unless the application is for a child or young person aged 18 or below. If you receive passport benefits, you are also free from the means test.
List of passport benefits:
- Universal Credit
- Council tax support
- Guaranteed Pension Credit
- Housing benefit
- Working Tax credits (income-based)
- Employment support allowance (income-based)
You can apply for a grant if you are:
- a tenant - both privately rented or social housing
- owner-occupier or shared ownership scheme
- a landlord on behalf of an eligible person.
The person who applies for the grant does not have to be the person who needs the adaptations.
For example, you can apply for someone you care for, and a parent or guardian can apply for a child or a landlord on behalf of a tenant.
If you are not eligible for Disabled Facilities Grant funding but would like information and advice on self-funding your adaptations, please contact us.
Work that is eligible for a Disabled Facilities Grant
We provide grants for essential adaptations that aim to increase the independence of individuals and reduce the need for formal care.
Some examples can include:
- Access to and from the home, for example, installing ramps or steps.
- Providing or improving access to essential rooms, for example, bedroom and bathing facilities.
- Installing a level access shower facility to aid independent bathing.
- Making the home more accessible, such as installing a stairlift or widening doorways.
- Providing a suitable heating system to meet the assessed needs of the individual
- Adapting heating or lighting controls to make them more accessible.
- Making access to and from the garden safe.
- Creating hard standings for vehicle access where there is an assessed need.
Equipment not covered by the grant
The grant cannot be used to make minor adaptations that costs under £1000 or purchase small aids and other equipment designed to aid those living with a disability. Such as:
- floor fixed galvanised hand rails
- perching stools
- bath chairs
- grab rails
- half steps
If you require advice or an assessment for small aids or equipment, you should contact Norfolk Adult Social Services on 0300 800 8020. Alternatively, you can visit their website, Care support and health - Norfolk County Council, which provides information on additional support services.
Alternatively, you can purchase small aids and equipment directly from suppliers listed below.
Disability aids suppliers
A step by step guide to what happens next
We've created this guide to help you understand the process of applying for a grant.
We conduct an initial assessment over the phone with a member of the Housing Adaptations Team. If you're unable to manage this yourself, you can ask someone do so on your behalf. You will need to let us know that they have permission to do this.
The team will provide you with a application form and advise you of any supporting documentation that is needed.
We may arrange a visit to your home to survey the property and assess if adaptions are reasonable and are able to be done.
We will then review your grant application and discuss the options and next steps with you.
Your grant will be formally approved by the council when the proposed adaptations have been agreed upon and all required paperwork completed.
Work can now start. We will pay the grant payment once the work has been completed and you are happy with the work. We will ask you to provide feedback about your experience of the process.
How to apply
You can contact North Norfolk District Council by using our online contact us form.
Alternatively, you can call us on 01263 513811. Your request will be passed to the Integrated Housing Adaptions Team, who will contact you to discuss your needs.
How we calculate the grant
All requests for adaptations will require the needs of the individual to be assessed by an Occupational Therapist or authorised professional. Decisions on any grant work are based on the assessor’s recommendations.
Once you have had an assessment with an Occupational Therapist or authorised professional, we will ask you to complete an initial financial assessment form. We use this information to calculate if you have to make a financial contribution towards the cost of any adaptation work.
Depending on your financial circumstances, you may be eligible to receive a partial grant, a full grant or not qualify for any grant. You will need to provide supporting evidence for your means tests results.
Who is assessed?
We financially assess:
- both partners for married couples and those who cohabit
- the person with the disability, even if they are living with parents or children
We do not assess applicants:
- aged 18 or below
- who receive a passport benefits
Do I have to pay the Disabled Facilities Grant back?
No, you will not have to pay back the grant in most cases. However, If you own the property and dispose of it by sale, assignment, transfer or otherwise within ten years of completed grant work, we would require repayment under the conditions of the grant.
In this case, you would have to repay any part of the grant which exceeded £5,000. However, we would not demand repayment of more than £10,000.