If you live in or rent out a property where a disabled adult or child lives, you can apply for a means-tested grant. This is to help meet the cost of adapting the property and can also include mobile homes or houseboats.

Any adaptations to the property must meet the specific needs of the disabled person and must be practicable in relation to the property.

How much can I get?

You can apply for a maximum grant of up to £30,000.

The amount you can receive will depend on the financial circumstances of the disabled person who requires the adaptation and that person's husband, wife or partner. If the adaptation is for a child, the financial circumstances of the parents will not be taken into account.

If the property being adapted also requires repairs, you may be able to apply for further help through a Health and Safety Grant .

Who can apply?

  • owner-occupiers and private tenants may apply for the grant for a disabled person in their household
  • a landlord may apply for the grant for an adaptation for their tenant
  • a grant may be available if our occupational therapist recommends an adaptation

Assessment

You will be assessed by Social Services during the process of applying for this grant.

An initial check of your financial circumstances will be taken which will provide a guide as to how much you may need to contribute towards the costs of the works. This is known as the, ‘preliminary test of resources’.

Grant conditions

Before applying for this grant please read the guidance explaining the grant conditions:

  • where major works are required, for example  building an extension, up to £10,000 may be placed as a charge against the property. This will only be repayable on transfer of the title deeds.
  • with some adaptations, for example ceiling track hoists or a stair lifts, we will include an extended warranty as a part of the grant application. This usually provides extended cover for 4-5 years after the equipment has been installed. The grant will also cover twice yearly LOLER inspections (Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998) for 5 years for ceiling track hoists. Once the manufactures warranty or the extended warrant has expired, it is the responsibility of the person receiving the grant to arrange and pay for any necessary repairs that may arise
  • in certain circumstances grant funding maybe available for necessary repairs, this does not include extending existing warranties or the provision of maintenance contracts. Where goods are beyond repair the client will be referred to Camden Social Care team, for a new occupational therapist assessment

How to apply

If you are interested in applying for this grant, please contact us at hrgrant@camden.gov.uk