If you or someone in your home is disabled you may qualify for
help towards the cost of providing adaptations and facilities, so
that you or the disabled person can continue to live in your
These grants are administered by local authorities on behalf of
the Government. If you do not live in Amber Valley borough, you
should contact your own local authority.
The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG)
publication Disabled Facilities Grant will give you
more information on how the grant works.
You can apply for a grant if you are:
- a tenant (or lodger) of a property
- the owner of a property
- a landlord on behalf of a disabled tenant.
The person who applies for the grant does not have to be the
disabled person who needs the adaptations.However, the person
applying for the grant will be asked to sign a certificate stating
that the disabled person intends to occupy the home being
Whoever applies for the grant must produce a certificate of
ownership or tenancy for the property the work is to take place in.
In all cases we require a certificate of ownership, if the property
belongs to a landlord
The limit to the amount of Mandatory Grant is £30,000 which is
set by the Government. If the cost of the work proves to be very
expensive the Council will not be able to give you a grant above
this amount, and other funding sources or action may be
Disabled Facilities Grants are given for essential adaptations
over £1000 in value that give a disabled person better access into
their home and freedom of movement around, and use of their
For minor works relating to aids and equipment that are under
£1000 in value please contact Call Derbyshire on 08456 058058
The DCLG publication Disabled Facilities Grant will give you
more information on the type of work that can be carried out using
a Disabled Facilities Grant.
When a grant is available but the cost of the work exceeds the
grant limit, it may be possible to access other sources of
Yes, providing an assessment has been carried out by an
Occupational Thereapist confirming that the work is necessary and
appropriate. The Council also must be happy that the work is
reasonable and practicable
The Council can refuse a grant if it believes the scheme does
not fit these criteria.
You will need to Contact Call Derbyshire on 08456 058058 and
give them details regarding the disabled person.
They will arrange for an Occupational Therapist or Community
Care Worker to visit your home and undertake an assessment of the
needs of the disabled person including recommending any adaptation
In exceptional cases a decision will be made to prioritise the
case as urgent.
You are not likely to get any grant if you have started work
before the Council has approved your application.
The amount of grant, other than those for disabled children,
will depend on your income and savings.
To calculate your contribution, if any, we will need to ask a
number of questions about your earnings, other income and savings.
When interviewed please have proof of your earnings, savings,
benefits and so on.
When you apply for a grant, a test of resources will be carried
out (a means test) which is an income assessment of your
The amount of your grant will depend on your income, savings and
This means that your share of the cost may range from nothing at
all, to the full cost of the work.
A grant where the adaptations are for a disabled child is not
means tested at all.
DCC have their own Technical Department who act as our agents
and they can obtain all necessary permissions, prepare any
drawings, obtain prices from experienced Contractors, and order and
supervise the works.
You can appoint your own Architects and Contractors but the
Council will only approve a Grant based on reasonable costs of
other similar works, view full procedure
here. You will need to make sure that any Building Regulation or Planning permission has been granted before
you start work.
Where the grant is for specialist equipment such as Stairlifts
and Hoists , these are normally organised, ordered and supervised
by Adult Services at DCC.
The Council may pay the grant in instalments as the work
progresses or make one payment once all the work has been
Your grant will only be fully paid when the Council is satisfied
that the work has been satisfactorily completed in accordance with
the grant approval and on receipt of an invoice, appropriate safety
certificates, warranties and completion notices. The completed
works must also fully meet the needs of the disabled person, as
specified by the Occupational Therapist.
The grant is either paid directly to Derbyshire County Council,
or to your appointed contractor, or in a form that you can
pay them once the work has been completed.
A Disabled Facilities Grant is not normally repayable for works
under £5000. However for Applicants who are owner Occupiers and
where the cost of the grant exceeds £5,000, the council may require
a repayment of the Grant up to the maximum value of £10,000.
A Local Land Charge is placed on the property which is activated
if the property is sold within 10 years of Grant