Disabled Facilities Grants (DFG)

Disabled Facilities Grants are grants provided to those eligible “to modify an individual’s home environment in order to restore or enable independent living, privacy, confidence and dignity for individuals and their families.”

Disabled Facilities Grants (DFG) can be made up to the value of £30,000 to carry out essential adaptations to your home, those commonly funded include:

  • To provide suitable hygiene facilities -  for example flat floor showers
  • To improve access and movement in the home – for example hoists and stairlifts
  • To improve access to the home – for example ramps and half steps

Milton Keynes Council will always consider how equipment can help to meet your needs before considering adaptations and a DFG cannot be given for work that is already in progress or that has been completed, you must apply for DFG funding before you start any work at your property. For more information on the adaptations we fund, including minor adaptations like grab rails and equipment, please contact Access to Adult Health and Social Care.  

Eligibility for Disabled Facilities Grant funding

To be entitled to a DFG you must meet a number of criteria:

  • The adaptation must be necessary and appropriate to meet your needs 
  • The adaptation must be reasonable and practical for your home environment
  • You must pass the financial assessment (means test), or be exempt from financial assessment

The DFG Application Process

To apply for a DFG:

  • If the adaptation request is for an adult: please contact the Access to Heath and Social Care Team who will arrange an Occupational Therapist assessment
  • If the adaptation request is for a child: a professional must make a referral to the Paediatric Occupational Therapist service

The application process involves:

  1. An preliminary assessment carried out by an occupational therapist, who will consider what equipment or adaptations are a appropriate to meet your needs. They may recommend other ways of managing your situation on a day to day basis.
  2. A consideration of whether any proposed work is suitable for the property, given its age, layout and condition. If your property is unsuitable for the adaptations work required, we will help you to look at other options - including moving home. 
  3. With these assessments, a panel will consider the proposed adaptation. If it meets all of the eligibility criteria, it will be approved.
  4. We will then send a form for you to complete and carry out a formal financial assessment. 
  5. Once approved, the Housing Service will manage the process of collecting quotes and appointing a contractor to carry the works out at your property. They will also check everything has been completed at the end of the process. The grant is then paid out.

Financial Assessment

Disabled Facilities Grant funding is subject to a financial assessment using the guidelines set out by Central Government, this is to ensure that funding is given to those in the most need. This takes into account income, savings and allowances for your outgoings to determine a contribution, if any, that you would need to make towards the proposed adaptation. 

Repayment of Disabled Facilities Grants

If you are eligible for a DFG, you may (in certain circumstances) have to repay the grant if it is over £5,000 and you move or sell your home, or it is no longer your main place of residence, within 10 years of the works being completed. This will be explained to you if it applies.

Last Updated: 16 November 2017