Northampton Borough Council currently has more than £1 million pounds available to support people living with disabilities who need to make an adaptation to their home.
Disabled facilities grants (DFGs) of up to £30,000 are granted to help people pay for improvement work that will help them live safely and independently at home. The grants are available for many different adaptations that are designed to support quality of life.
Everyone who needs to make an adaptation to their home is entitled to apply for a DFG. There is no age limit or particular criteria. However, applications cannot be made on work that has already been completed. So, it is very important that people submit an application before any work begins.
Once submitted, a DFG application is subject to two conditions:
- A means-test
- A referral from an occupational therapist to confirm that the planned works are necessary and appropriate
Adaptations to support children under the age of 18 are not means-tested, although they do still require a referral from an occupational therapist.
How do disabled facilities grants help?
DFGs help to cover the cost of improvement work so that people can stay living in their own homes or to enable carers to provide better support.
The types of work covered include:
- Installing chair lifts
- Widening doors
- Installing wheelchair access ramps
- Improving lighting
- Installing ground floor bathrooms
- Making kitchens and bathrooms dementia-friendly
Referring people for a Disabled facilities grants (DFG)
People should contact Northampton Borough Council (NBC) where a member of the team will be able to help people with their application.
The team will also be able to pass their details on to the occupational therapy service for a referral.
People can also apply online at Northampton.gov.uk/housing or call NBC on 01604 838 585.