Disabled Facilities Grants (DFG)

Help with the cost of adapting your home

If you're disabled you may need to make changes to your home to help make living there easier for you.

If you are on a low income, a Disabled Facilities Grant may help towards the cost of making adaptations and improvements to your home so you can live there more independently. For example to:

  • install ramps and widen doors
  • install a stair lift
  • convert a bathroom into a shower room with level access
  • adapt heating or lighting controls to make them easier to use
  • adapt a kitchen for a wheelchair user

A Disabled Facilities Grant won't affect any benefits you get.

Who can apply

To be eligible you or someone living with you must:

  • have a disability
  • be on a low income
  • own the property or be a tenant (this includes Housing Association tenants)
  • intend to live in the property for at least 5 years

To approve any application we need to be happy that the work is necessary and appropriate to meet the disabled person's needs. The proposed works must also be considered reasonable and practical.

The grant is only available to people who are on a low-income. If you are already in receipt of a certain means tested benefits, you will automatically be passported to a full grant to meet the cost of the eligible works. Otherwise a Statutory Means Test will be used.

A preliminary means test can be used as a quick way of finding out whether you will receive a grant.

Preliminary means test

We have an online calculator app available which will enable you to calculate whether you will have to self fund any adaptation works or whether you will receive a grant. It uses the rules from The Government's Statutory Means Test to determine the contribution you are deemed to be able to afford, eg by raising a loan.

You can access the means testing app below:

How much you'll receive

How much you'll get will depend on the eligible work required, and whether you are required to pay a contribution to the cost of the work.

Whether you will need to make a contribution will depend on your household income, whether you are in receipt of any benefits and any savings you may have. This will be assessed before you make a full application so you know what your likely contribution will be.

You will not have to make a contribution if you are in receipt of certain means-tested benefits. Disabled Facilities Grants for children are not means-tested, and no contribution towards the cost is required.

The maximum amount of grant payable is £30,000. In some cases further discretionary top up grants of up to an additional £30,000 may be available for larger works. For more information please see other discretionary grants and assistance (below).

How to apply

If you want to be considered for a Disabled Facilities Grant, West Sussex County Council will arrange for an occupational therapist to contact you. They will assess your health based needs and discuss what changes you may need at home, and whether they would be considered eligible for funding.
If the occupational therapist considers that grant funded adaptation works are required, they will make a formal recommendation to the Council, who will begin the application process.

Please note:

  • works must not have started before the Council approves your application
  • building regulations approval and planning permission may be required for some adaptations
  • if you are a tenant, permission from a landlord is required for any works
  • a Disabled Facilities Grant won't affect any benefits you get

For more information, contact details and to arrange an assessment, see:

Other discretionary grants and assistance

There are other discretionary grants available to help assist people who have disabilities. They are discretionary, which means they are subject to funds being available. Mandatory grants, such as Disabled Facilities Grants, will be prioritised first Fore more information see:

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Page last updated: 11 October 2022

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