A Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) is a grant that is available to provide essential adaptations to give you better freedom of movement into and around your home and to access essential facilities within it. Where necessary a DFG can also provide the essential facilities themselves.
A full assessment of your needs and your home is carried out in order to determine what adaptation works are required. An Occupational Therapist will assess the need for adapations across all tenures, however for tenants (ie. if your privately renting your home or renting from a Housing Association), the Council's recommendations will be sent to your Landlord for a decision on whether to provide the adaptation.
A Disabled Facilities Grant is awarded when the Council considers that changes to the property are necessary to meet a persons needs, and the work required is reasonable and practicable.
Adaptations might include:
- Improving access to and from the property
- Improving access around the property
- Improving access to a garden or outside space
- Installation of a stair lift
- Providing walk-in shower facilities
- Providing downstairs WC/ bathing facilities
- Providing or improving a heating system
Applicants will be means tested and may have to contribute towards the cost of any adaptations required. There is no means testing if the adaptation is for a disabled child.
A DFG may cover the cost of a major adaptation in part or whole, up to the grant maximum value of £36,000.
Disabled Facilities Grants are managed by Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council's - Housing Renewal & Adaptation Service. Please click here to visit the Council's Website.