Close Coronavirus

See the latest news and get more information regarding coronavirus (Covid-19). Find out more about the help for affected businesses, charities and individuals. There is also advice if you are reopening your business and shopping safely. Please use our online forms, webchat, app and phone number to contact us. Our offices remain closed to the public. 

Close Safari browser users

We are aware of an issue for those using the Safari browser to view our website, which affects some of the online forms. If you are using Safari to access one of our online forms and see an error message, we recommend using another browser such as Chrome. Our contractor is working on a solution to the issue. Apologies for any inconvenience.


Housing Improvement Grants

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.

Unfortunately, the budget for the following grants has been fully allocated for 2018/19 and we are unable to process any further applications at this time:

  • Discretionary Disability Grant
  • Safe and Warm Grant
  • Empty Property Assistance Grant

Disabled Facilities Grant

Disabled residents in Allerdale can apply for up to £30,000 to adapt their homes to help them to maintain an independant 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 – 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.

You can apply for a disabled facility adaption grant by contacting our Housing Services team by email to or Tel: 0303 123 1702.

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.

You can apply for a diabled facility adaption grant by contacting our Housing Services team by email to or Tel: 0303 123 1702.

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.

Keep Well, Keep Warm - information and financial support for the winter months

More information and maintining good health during winter and the financial help available for the over 60's, low-income families and people living with a disability can be found on these ‘Keep Warm Keep Well’ leaflets.

Summary of the grants available


Target Group

Maximum Grant

Type of Grant

Eligibility Criteria

Means Tested?

Disabled Facilities Grant

People with disabilities



  • Adaptions are recommended after an assessment by an occupational therapist

Yes, excluding children

Disabled Facilities Top Up Grant

People with disabilities


Discretionary Grant

  • Where the cost of the works exceeds the £30,000 maximum Disabled Facilities Grant


Disabled Relocation Grant

People with disabilities


Discretionary Grant

  • Existing home cannot be adapted
  • A more suitable property has been found


Discretionary Disability Grant Assistance

People with disabilities


Grant assistance

  • Dual residency of a child or adult
  • Meets adult social care means test
  • Care Act eligible works after hospital discharge

  • Stair lift referral not means tested 






Safe and Warm Grant Assistance



Grant assistance

  • Qualifying means tested benefit

  • Disability or armed forces benefits

  • Age 60+

  • Cold related health issue

  • Owner occupier





Empty property grants

Up to £10,000 is available for owners of homes that have been empty for more than 12 months, to bring the properties back into use.

The grant covers 75% of the price of the works and homeowners are expected to contribute towards the remaining costs.

Eligible work can include:

  • energy efficiency and renewable energy measures to reduce fuel poverty and carbon emissions
  • works to bring the property up to the Decent Homes Standard
  • fire safety measures
  • home security measures

We will assess the financial means and capital assets of applicants to determine their ability to pay their 25% contribution and any costs over and above the grant maximum. 

Unfortunately the budget for 2018/19 has been allocated. We are currently operating a waiting list for future applications, however, we cannot guarantee budgets at this time.

Contact the housing team on the contact details below for more information. 

Apply for a grant

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