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Cost of living - help and support

Find out more about the help and support that is available to local residents to help with the rising cost of living.

Housing Improvement Grants


Please note that this policy is currently under review.


Allerdale Borough Council offer a series of grants which are available for vulnerable people who need to make improvements or adaptations in their homes. There are several types of grants available for people with disabilities.

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A summary of each of the available grants is below:

Disabled residents can apply for up to £30,000 to adapt their homes to help them to maintain an independent lifestyle. This grant is available for homeowners or tenants living in either private or housing association properties.

The grant can cover works such as:

  • Improving access to rooms and facilities. This might mean, 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 work exceed the £30,000 limit.

Assistance: Disabled Facilities Grant

Target group: People with disabilities

Maximum grant: £30,000

Type of grant: Grant

Eligibility criteria: Adaptions are recommended after an assessment by an occupational therapist

Means tested?: Yes, excluding children

Assistance: Disabled Facilities Top Up Grant

Target group: People with disabilities

Maximum grant: £10,000

Type of grant: Discretionary grant

Eligibility criteria: Where the cost of the works exceeds the £30,000 maximum Disabled Facilities Grant

Means tested?: N/A

Up to £3,000 is available to disabled residents who require changes to their home, which 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.

Assistance: Disabled Relocation Grant

Target group: People with disabilities

Maximum grant: £3,000

Type of grant: Discretionary grant

Eligibility criteria: Existing home cannot be adapted; a more suitable property has been found

Means tested?: No

Assistance: Discretionary Disability Grant Assistance

Target group: People with disabilities

Maximum grant: £30,000

Type of grant: Grant assistance

Eligibility criteria: Dual residency of a child or adult (not means tested); meets adult social care means test (means tested); Care Act eligible works after hospital discharge (means tested); stair lift referral (not means tested)

Apply for a grant

You can apply for a disabled facility adaption grant by contacting our Housing Grants team via  email or tel  0303 123 1702 .