You can apply for a Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) if:
- you or a member of your family has a disability
- you need to adapt your home to make it suitable for a person with disabilities
You can check GOV.UK for information about what you’ll get and who can apply for a DFG.
To apply for a DFG, you need to contact the occupational therapy team from Essex County Council’s Adult Social Care.
A DFG is a means-tested grant. Your eligibility depends on your savings and any benefits you receive.
Those in receipt of certain means tested benefits are 'depending on the benefits you passported' to a full grant and will not have to make a contribution towards the cost of work. These 'passporting' benefits are:
If you are receiving some means tested benefits, you will automatically get a full grant not have to make a contribution towards the cost of work. You qualify for this if you are receiving:
- Universal Credit
- Income Support
- Income-based Employment and Support Allowance (not contribution-based Employment and Support Allowance)
- Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (not contribution-based Job Seekers Allowance)
- Guarantee Pension Credit (not Savings Pension Credit alone)
- Housing Benefit
- Working Tax Credit or Child Tax Credit (where your annual income for the purposes of the tax credits assessment was below £15,050)
If you have an annual income above £15,050 you will be means-tested to find out if need to a contribution to the cost of works.
DFGs for disabled children are not means tested.
You can contact us to find out if you qualify for a DFG or have to make a contribution towards the cost of the work.