Richmondshire District Council

You could get a grant if you or someone in your home is disabled and you need to make changes to your property to make life easier.

The grant could pay for work such as:

  • Widening doorways and constructing ramps to make it easier to get in and out of your home
  • Installing a stair lift or through-floor lift to allow access to a bedroom and bathroom
  • Adapting a bathroom, for example installing a level access shower instead of a bath or providing a bathroom downstairs
  • Adapting a heating system to make it easier for you to use


The maximum grant is £30,000. The amount you receive depends on the cost of the work and whether you can afford to contribute towards it. This is decided by a means test which looks at your income and savings and that of your spouse or partner.

If you can afford to make a contribution, the amount of grant will be reduced by the amount of your contribution. If this is greater than the cost of the work, you won't normally receive any grant.

If you, or your spouse or partner, are in receipt of certain income related benefits, you won't normally have to make a contribution. 

There is no means test if the application is for a disabled child or a young person under 19 who is still in full time education.

If the work costs less than £5,000 there is no means test regardless of your financial situation.

In some cases, there may be other sources of financial help available to help you pay your contribution. Our home improvement agency team will be able to advise you on the options available. We can guide you through the application process, which includes getting quotations for the work, helping you provide and complete the necessary paperwork and overseeing the work through to completion.


Apply

For further information about making an application for a disabled facilities grant, contact our home improvement team at homeimprovementagency@richmondshire.gov.uk or call us on 01748 901112 or 901149.

You will need to be assessed by an occupational therapist from North Yorkshire County Council who will visit you in your home to discuss your needs and make recommendations as to the most appropriate adaptations to help you.


Grant approval

We try to approve all applications as soon as possible, providing enough money is available when we receive your application.

Once the grant has been approved, we'll send you an approval notice which will confirm the amount of grant you're entitled to and any contribution you may have to make towards the cost of the work.

The work must normally be completed within one year from the date of approval.


Payment for the works to adapt your home

The grant will normally be paid directly to the contractor once the work is complete and has been inspected and confirmed as satisfactory by the occupational therapist and our technical officer.

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