Housing Renewal

Disabled Facilities Grants

Disabled Facilities Grants and Minor Adaptations

Disabled Facilities Grants and Minor adaptations are ways that the Council may be able to help you remain in your own home.

The types of works that can be considered under these adaptations are:

  • To make it easier to get in and out of the dwelling by, for example, widening doors and installing ramps.
  • To provide better access to the living room.
  • To provide or improving access to the bedroom, and kitchen, toilet, washbasin and bathing, for example by installing a stair lift or adapting a room to provide an easy access shower facility.

To be eligible the person for whom the adaptation will benefit must be substantially and permanently disabled.

Minor adaptions

Minor adaptations cover work up to £1,000, and major adaptations are used where the cost would be over for this amount (subject to being an eligible applicant and means testing where required). To find out more about this grant or to make an application please call the Social Services Duty Team and ask to speak to an Occupational Therapist, on 01983 823340.

Major adaptions

Major adaptation work requires an assessment by an Occupational Therapist (OT). If the OT feels a Disabled Facilities Grant may be appropriate they will present it to a panel for consideration. If passed, the referral is sent to the Housing Renewal Section of the Council, where it will be processed when enough finance is available in the form of Disabled Facility Grant budget.

Services Terminated

Unfortunately it has not been possible to support a home improvement agency on the Isle of Wight and this service has now terminated. The handyperson service has also been temporarily terminated due to the previous contract expiring. The Council is currently seeking a new company to provide this service for the remainder of the financial year.

Always check with the person or company you engage with what service they can provide on a free advisory basis and what is expected to be paid for.

Useful Information

For more information on Disabled Facilities Grants please visit the Department for Communities and Local Government webpage please click here or phone the Housing Renewal team by using the 'Contact Information' tab above.

Please click here to view the Disability Facility Grant Policy. (PDF, 312Kb, 50 pages)