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Housing Improvement Grants

We are offering series of grants which are available for vulnerable people living in Allerdale who need to make improvements or adaptations in their homes.

Disabled Facilities Grant


Disabled residents in Allerdale can apply for up to £30,000 to adapt their homes with a Disabled Facilities Grant from Allerdale Borough Council. This grant is available for homeowners or tenants living in either private or housing association properties, and can be used to help disabled people keep their independence.

The grant can cover works such as:

  • Improving access to rooms and facilities – for example: stairlifts, level access showers and door widening
  • Adapting heating or lighting controls to make them easier to use
  •  Providing a heating system that suits your needs
  • Improving the entrances to your home and access to your garden.

A top up grant is also available should essential works exceed the £30,000 limit.

Discretionary Disability Grant Assistance


Discretionary Disability Grant Assistance is available to cover disabled adaptations that fall outside of the mandatory Disabled Facilities Grant criteria. This includes adaptations for dual residency children and adult cases, works to enable hospital discharge and adaptations for financial hardship cases. Grants can be provided for applications for straight and curved stairlifts without means testing applications.

Disability Relocation Grant


Up to £3,000 is available to disabled residents who require changes to their existing home, but it is deemed as not reasonable or practical to adapt. The funding will cover some of the costs needed to relocate to more suitable housing. The grant will contribute towards reasonable costs associated with moving home, including removal costs, estate agents fees, legal costs or the disconnection and reconnection of household appliances.

These grants are means tested and subject to a referral from an occupational therapist who will undertake an assessment of need and determine what works are essential to enable the occupier to live independently and safely in their home.

Safe and Warm Grants


The Safe and Warm Grant Assistance has been introduced to carry out essential works in the homes of vulnerable owner occupied households Residents can apply for up to £15,000 to contribute towards the works including improvements to security, heating installations and general disrepair, as well as measures to reduce the consequences of flooding. These grants are means tested and applicants must meet the necessary criteria.

Assistance

Target Group

Maximum Grant

Type of Grant

Eligibility Criteria

Means Tested?

Disabled Facilities Grant

People with disabilities

£30,000

Grant

Assessed as needing adaptation by occupational therapist

Yes, excluding children

Disabled Facilities Top Up Grant

People with disabilities

£10,000

Discretionary grant

Where cost of works exceeds Disabled Facilities Grant maximum

Owner occupier

N/A

Disability Relocation Grant

People with disabilities

£3,000

Discretionary grant

Existing home can’t be adapted

More suitable property found

No

Discretionary Disability Grant Assistance

People with disabilities

£30,000

Grant assistance

Dual residency of child/adult

Meets adult social care means test

Care Act eligible works. Hospital discharge

Stair lift referrals not means tested

No

Yes

Yes


No

Safe and Warm Grant Assistance

Homeowners

£15,000

Grant assistance

Qualifying means tested benefit

Disability or armed forces benefits

 Age 60+

Cold related health issue

Owner occupier

 

 

Yes


Our Housing and Health team can support and advise applicants every step of the way, from application stage until the works are complete. We urge people to get in touch as we are able to signpost customers onto other agencies that may be able to help if we cannot. For more information on any of these grants, or to apply, contact them on 01900 702570.

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0303 123 1702

Allerdale Borough Council
Allerdale House, Workington, Cumbria,
CA14 3YJ