Disabled Facilities Grants (DFG)
What is a Disabled Facilities Grant?
Disabled Facilities Grants (DFG) can be made, up to the value of £30,000, for essential major adaptations to your home. These include:
- Improving access to the home – for example ramps and half steps
- Improving access and movement in the home – for example hoists and stairlifts
- Providing suitable hygiene facilities - for example bathroom and toilet facilities
Eligibility for a Disabled Facilities Grant
To be eligible for a DFG:
- You or someone living in your property must be disabled
- You or the person you’re applying for can own the property, or be a tenant, but you must intend to live there during the "grant period" (currently 5 years)
- The requested adaptation must be "necessary and appropriate" to meet your needs
- The requested adaptation must be "reasonable and practical" for your home environment
- 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
Before agreeing a DFG the Council will consider if equipment or smaller adaptations can help you, these may be funded by us or purchased privately.
The amount of each grant depends on a financial assessment to decide if you need to pay anything towards the cost of the work. Disabled children under 18 can get a grant without their parents’ income being taken into account.
Applying for a DFG
To discuss the help you need and start your application for a DFG:
- If the request is for an adult: please contact the Adult Social Care and Health Access Team
- If the request is for a child: a health professional should contact the Milton Keynes Children and Young People's Occupational Therapy Team
Repayment of Disabled Facilities Grants
If your grant is over £5,000 you may be required to repay the grant given if within 10 years of the works being completed:
- you move or sell your home
- it is no longer your main place of residence
Last Updated: 24 June 2020