Disabled Facilities Grant

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If you have care and support needs, adaptations to your home, for example, a stairlift, can make it easier to live there independently for as long as possible.

What is a Disabled Facilities Grant?

The purpose of a Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) is to enable adults and children with disabilities to move around and access their home.

A Disabled Facilities Grant is funding available to individuals to enable adaptations to their home, such as widening doors and installing ramps for wheelchair access, adapting a bathroom or bedroom or making improvements to ensure that individuals can access their garden. Read these case studies for examples of major adaptations.

A financial assessment (also known as a means test) may be required to access this funding. This means your income and savings may be taken into account to determine whether or not a grant can be paid and the amount of contribution (if any) you would need to make.

In many circumstances the Council may be able to offer discretionary help. We can advise you about this or you can read more in our Housing Assistance Policy.

Who can apply for a DFG?

If you, (or someone living in your property) are disabled and need to make changes to your home, you could be eligible. For example if you:

  • are physically disabled
  • have a learning disability
  • have age-related needs

A wider description is available on the government website.

Either you, or the person you’re applying for, must also:

  • own the property or be a tenant
  • intend to live in the property during the grant period (see local land charge section below)

You can also apply for a grant if you’re a landlord and have a tenant who needs this type of support.

If you are a Solihull Community Housing tenant, there is a separate scheme for adaptations.

Useful links

AdaptMyHome allows you to check how well your home supports your needs, and whether you could benefit from some adaptations to help you stay safe and independent.

The Government website also contains more information about Disabled Facilities Grants.

The Foundations website also has lots of useful information for Home Improvement Agencies.