Disabled facilities grant
If you have a disability and need to make improvements to your home, you may be able to get a grant from the Council.
What is disabled facilities grant?
The disabled facilities grant is a sum of money that you can use to have major changes made to your home to make it more suitable for you.
You could get a disabled facilities grant of up to £30,000 to help meet the cost.
Possible improvements can include:
- widening doors and installing ramps
- improving access to rooms, by installing a stairlift for example
- improving facilities, such as creating a downstairs bathroom
- providing a suitable heating system
- adapting heating or lighting controls to make them easier to use
A disabled facilities grant won’t affect any benefits you currently receive.
Who is eligible?
To be eligible for a disabled facilities grant, the following must apply:
- you or someone who permanently lives at your property must be disabled
- you or the person you are applying for must be the homeowner or the registered tenant
- you intend to stay at the property for five years or more
- you can also apply for a grant if you are a landlord who intends to let the property to a disabled tenant
How to apply
In the first instance, you will need to contact the Redbridge Occupational Therapy service who will carry out an assessment of needs.
This assessment will identify what your needs are, what problems you are facing and how you can be helped.
If you are finding it difficult at home with daily tasks, there may be specialist equipment available which will allow you to do these things safely and independently.