What adaptations could the grant cover?
- installing a stair lift
- modifying a bathroom
- providing ramps
- making doorways wider
- making sleeping and toilet facilities accessible
and much more...
Who is eligible and how to apply
You can apply for a Disabled Facilities Grant if you are a private owner occupier, private tenant or housing association tenant who has had an assessment by an Occupational Therapist which suggested adaptations to your home are required for your needs. Please enquire about a grant with our Housing team if you are a council tenant.
Request an assessment
You can arrange this with Lincolnshire County Council's Social Services team.
Contact the Adult Social Care team on 01522 782155 or the Children with Disabilities team on 01522 782111.
After you have been assessed, if the Occupational Therapist considers you may be eligible, they will forward us a recommendation based on your needs. The works must be necessary and appropriate to meet the needs of the disabled occupant and it must be reasonable and practicable to carry out the work.
The Private Sector Housing Team will then contact you to collect some initial financial information and carry out a means test. This is used to assess the level of contribution the disabled person would have to make towards the cost of the works. If your application proceeds, plans will be drawn up (if applicable) for approval by the Occupational Therapist prior to approval of a grant.
If you do not qualify for a grant, the LHIA may be able to help you find alternative funding. For further information visit the Lincolnshire Home Independence Agency website or call 0845 450 9115.
The grant pays for essential adaptations identified in the Occupational Therapist assessment as 'necessary and appropriate' and according to our standard specification. If you wish to have work undertaken higher than our specification you may do so but you would need to pay any additional cost yourself.
If you start your work before you have submitted a full application and before you have been informed about the decision, you will need to be prepared to pay for all the associated cost yourself. We are not able to give a grant retrospectively once the work has started.
The maximum mandatory grant available is £30,000. The grant is subject to means-testing, and the amount awarded will depend on your own financial circumstances; you may need to pay part or all of the cost of the work.
Although we pay for whole or part of the work, the contractual relationship is between you and the contractor(s). We will not undertake any additional costs associated with any disputes between you and the contractor(s).
In certain cases a local land charge of up to £10,000 can be placed on the property which must be repaid if the property is sold or disposed of within 10 years.
If within five years you do not need the adaptation for whatever reason, you or your representatives are obliged to inform us; this is because we may wish to remove the equipment if practical (e.g. stair-lift) for it to benefit another household.
The Private Sector Housing Team will assist you with your application. If for any reason, you decide not to proceed with the grant but to fund the work yourself (if you prefer not to wait for example), you may continue working with the LHIA.
The maximum fund available is £5,000 per property. To apply, please download the application form below.
Eligible properties must have been unoccupied and unfurnished for at least six months prior to the date of the application. The vacant period is to be evidenced by council tax bills showing the relevant exemption.
Eligible applicants must be the owners of the empty home or people representing the owners' interest (such as an executor of a will).
Eligible costs the fund could pay for:
- a new heating system; where there is no existing heating, the heating is broken, inefficient or inappropriate for the property
- electrical work where a full rewire or extensive remedial work is required
- roof repairs or re-roofing
- replacement windows and doors
- material costs
- contractor's labour costs
Legionella and empty properties
Landlords have responsibilities to assess the risk of exposure of their tenants to Legionella and implement appropriate control measures. Most residential properties will be low risk, however, where a property has been empty there may be an increased risk as water may have stagnated in pipework.
To apply, please download the application form below.
Essential Home Repair Assistance is not available for work relating to thermal efficiency, such as insulation, heating and thermal comfort. For these issues financial support is available through the Government's Green Deal Scheme Energy Company Obligation (ECO).
The survey looks at whether your home meets the statutory minimum standard related to health and safety.
Serious hazards will be identified through the EHRA survey, which uses guidance from the Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) under the Housing Act 2004.
Depending on the results of the survey we will advise you if you are eligible to receive EHRA. Types of work which may be considered include electrical re-wires and roof repairs.
Private tenants who have issues with the property they rent should contact their landlord or managing agent in the first instance for assistance.
Should issues persist please contact Private Sector Housing on 01476 40 60 80 for advice and assistance.
The assistance offered is discretionary and subject to funding.
There are a number of eligibility criteria, which include:
- you must be an owner occupier
- you must be in receipt of a qualifying benefit, for example:
- Income Support
- Working Tax Credit (income less than £16,190)
- Child Tax Credit (income less than £16,190)
- Housing Benefit
- Income based Jobseekers' Allowance
- Income related Employment and Support Allowance
- Attendance Allowance
- Disability Living Allowance
- War Disablement Pension
- Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
- Pension Credit
- Incapacity Benefit
- the property to be surveyed was built before 2000
- the property should not have had a Better Homes grant or Essential Home Repair Assistance (EHRA) in the previous three years
- the owner must have owned and occupied the property for at least three years
- the owner must agree to a local land charge. This will be registered to the property for a period of five years from completion of the grant funded work
There are a number of schemes to help first time buyers to get onto the property ladder, and these are all managed by Help to Buy Midlands.
Help to Buy is available to first-time buyers as well as current home-owners who want to move. Options include:
- Equity Loan allows buyers to purchase a new build home with a 5% deposit and a 75% mortgage. The remaining 20% is covered by an equity loan from the government, which is interest free for the first five years.
- Shared Ownership is aimed at people who can't afford to buy a property on the open market and is when individuals buy a share in a home and pay a subsidised rent on the share that they do not own to a registered provider, usually a housing association.
Full details are available on their website at www.helptobuymidlands.co.uk or buy calling 0345 850 2050.
The Rent Deposit Scheme is one of the ways in which South Kesteven District Council help homeless and vulnerable households into privately rented accommodation.
In order to apply for this scheme you must:
- be homeless or threatened with homelessness
- have been resident in South Kesteven for the last six months (exceptions may be agreed in cases of domestic abuse or for former Armed Forces personnel)
- have no housing-related debt
- be able to afford the repayment plan for any loan given by us
- be unable to afford the rent in advance/deposit required by a landlord
The scheme is made up of two parts - a rent in advance loan and a deposit guarantee agreement (bond). The rent in advance loan is paid directly to your new landlord to cover the cost of the first month's rent. You will need to repay the council in instalments over a twelve month period.
The bond is a written agreement that the council makes with your landlord, to reimburse them for any damage (up to an agreed amount) caused to the property by your household or your visitors during your tenancy. If the council has to make any payments, you will need to pay the council back.
Please contact us so a Housing Options Advisor can check your eligibility to apply for the scheme. Your application will then be assessed and we will advise you if your application has been accepted.
More information about the scheme can be found in our booklet below.
Help might also be available through the Lincolnshire Credit Union who provide loans.