Grants for housing adaptations
To apply for any of the following grants or assistance, please contact our Private Sector Housing team.
Mandatory disabled facilities grant
The purpose of this grant is to provide adaptations for disabled people, and it is:
- means tested (except for children)
- maximum £30,000
Discretionary disabled facilities assistance
This assistance provides adaptations for disabled people that are not covered by the mandatory DFG, and provides top-up assistance to mandatory DFG where works exceed maximum level of assistance. It is:
- maximum £25,000
Disabled persons’ equipment grant
Discretionary assistance to provide:
- a grant of up to £5,000
- to replace obsolete or defective equipment or;
- to assist hospital discharge or a patient in palliative care with equipment that they require
Where homes are unsuitable for adaptation, assistance may be awarded to help an applicant to move to more suitable accommodation provided they are willing to do so.
- maximum of £10,000 in any five-year period
Decent homes assistance
The purpose of this assistance is to improve and repair homes owned by vulnerable people. It is:
- works which may be eligible include rewiring, replacement windows, treatment of damp and mould
- up to £20,000
Warm homes assistance
This is repayable assistance of up to £5,000 for any person living in a cold home with a diagnosed condition of:
- cardiovascular disease;
- respiratory disease;
- pulmonary disease;
- mental health issues;
- other multiple long term conditions and disability.
Support from a health professional for example a GP, nurse or occupational therapist is required.
The type of work includes boiler replacement and central heating, insulation and other energy efficiency measures.
A charge is placed on the property except for the first £500 of assistance which is a non repayable grant.
Empty property assistance
The purpose of this assistance is to increase the supply of affordable housing and reduce housing waiting lists, and to maximise the use of the existing housing stock and reduce the number of empty homes in the borough.
- to renovate, improve or convert long term empty properties (including flats above commercial properties) and return them to use
- conditional on the council having tenant nomination rights for a three-year period with the rent set at local housing allowance level
- repayable on sale of the property
The Mid and West Kent home improvement agency service includes practical support, advice, adaptations, small handyperson jobs and information for older or disabled people to help them feel safe and independent in their home.