Disabled Facilities Grant
The Disabled Facilities Grant is a grant specifically for work to provide facilities and to carry out adaptations to dwellings for the benefit of a disabled person at their main residence. Examples of work that can be carried out include
- installing level access showers
- room conversions
There is a maximum grant limit of £36,000 although in exceptional cases, an additional ‘top-up’ loan may be awarded, by means of a Discretionary Disabled Facilities Loan (DDFL). Further information regarding the Discretionary Disabled Facilities Load (DDFL)can be found in the information leaflet.
Who can apply?
You can only apply by formal referral from the Occupational Therapy Section of the Social Services Department of Gwynedd Council. They can be contacted using the contact details below:
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1. Llŷn Area
2. Caernarfon Area
3. Bangor Area
4. Eifionydd and Meirionnydd North
5. South Meirionnydd Area
The Means Test
It is a statutory requirement that all grants are means tested. An initial means test may be carried out prior to any referral by an Occupational Therapist if required. If the required work is for a disabled child, no means test is required.
The Grants Department receives the referral from the Occupational Therapist and will then contact you to complete the application form and carry out a formal means test. The average length of time taken from first point of contact with the Occupational Therapist, to completion of the work is approximately 9 months. The grant awarded will be the difference between your contribution as determined by the means test and the total cost of eligible works.
Are there any Conditions?
Yes. There are certain conditions e.g. you have to prove ownership of the property, and you must pay your contribution (if any) in full prior to the commencement of any work. A full list of the conditions can be found in the information leaflet
Further information can be found in the information leaflet or contact your local Area Office:
- Arfon: Housing Grants Section, Housing and Social Services Department, Cyngor Gwynedd, Penrallt, Caernarfon,
Tel: 01286 682621
- Dwyfor and Meirionnydd: Housing Grants Section, Housing and Social Services Department, Cyngor Gwynedd, Cae Penarlâg, Dolgellau, LL40 2YB
Tel: 01341 424351