Grant assistance is available to adapt the homes or people with disabilities to enable or restore independent living.
Disabled facilities grants allow a range of essential adaptations. Typically, they fund:
- Stair lifts
- Replacing a bath with a flush floor shower commonly called a ‘wet room’
- Improving access into and around the home
Homeowners, private tenants and housing associations can apply. Please be aware that:
- Disabled facility grants are for adaptations that meet the needs of the applicant as recommended by an Occupational Therapist. They are not for repair or renovation works.
- We do not offer funding for works carried out before we have approved a grant application
How to apply
To begin, you will need an assessment by an Occupational Therapist from Kent County Council. You do not need to be registered disabled, but the Occupational Therapist will decide if you have an eligible need following a visit to your property.
To request an assessment, contact Kent County Council’s Assessment and Enablement Team on 03000 41 61 61 and ask for the Occupational Therapist Duty Officer.
If the Occupational Therapist believe you have an eligible need, they will send a referral and provisional recommendations to us. We will then contact you to arrange an appointment to explain and begin the disabled facilities grants process.
All applicants for disabled facilities grants funding are means tested, with the exception of child cases and those in receipt of qualifying benefits. The test will calculate if you are required to make a contribution towards the cost of the proposed works.
For further advice, please contact our Private Sector Housing Team.