Housing grants

Disabled facilities grants, HomeMove grants and renovation grants could help disabled residents in their properties or help renovate properties to a higher standard. Please contact us to apply or request further information on the grants below.

The Council is required by law to provide the statutory Disabled Facilities Grant to adapt homes for people with a disability if the adaptation is considered necessary, appropriate, practical and reasonable. 
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The minimum grant available is £1000 and the maximum grant available is £30,000.

The Disabled Facilities Grant is means tested (financial assessment) on the person with the disability and any spouse / partner they have. However, in the case of a child there is no means test. Also, please note that applicants receiving the following means tested benefits will not need to be means tested:

  • Income Support
  • Income-related Employment Support Allowance
  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Universal Credit
  • Guaranteed Pension Credit
  • Housing Benefit
  • Working Tax Credit / Child Tax Credit with assessed income less than £15,050

An occupational therapy assessment is required to determine the adaptations required.

Eligibility

To be eligible for a Disabled Facilities Grant the applicant must:

  • Be aged 18 or over on the date of application (If the person with a disability is a child the applicant should normally be the parent or legal guardian)
  • Be either the owner of the dwelling or be a tenant (including licensees) and be able to provide an Owner's Certificate or Tenant's Certificate. This will not necessarily be the disabled person for whom the works are required. A landlord may apply on behalf of a disabled tenant
  • Satisfy a means test as prescribed by the Housing Renewal Grants Regulations 1996 (as amended), if the applicant is the disabled person, unless the application is being made on behalf of a child
  • The adaptation must be for the benefit of a person who is 'disabled' within the criteria in section 100 of the Housing (Grants, Construction and Regeneration) Act 1996.

The grant is available throughout North Northamptonshire.

To compliment mandatory Disabled Facilities Grants the Council offers Discretionary Disabled Facilities Grants in certain circumstances (and subject to available funding).
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Discretionary Disabled facilities Grants are limited and details on the criteria for a discretionary Disabled Facilities Grant can be found in the North Northamptonshire Private Sector Housing Policy.

Help is also available for Council Tenants. If your request for disabled facilities relates to a Council property, please contact us.

HomeMove Grants fund more cost-effective alternatives to providing a mandatory Disabled Facilities Grant.
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For example, the relocation costs for a disabled applicant to move to an alternative home that is more appropriate for their immediate and long-term needs where that move (together with any costs of adapting the new home), is cost effective compared to remaining in their own home.

Eligibility

To be eligible for a HomeMove (Private Sector) grant the applicant must:

  • Be aged 18 or over on the date of application (If the person with a disability is a child the applicant should normally be the parent or legal guardian)
  • Be either the owner of a dwelling or be a tenant of a private landlord or housing association
  • Satisfy a means test as prescribed by the Housing Renewal Grants Regulations 1996 (as amended), if the applicant is the disabled person, unless the application is being made on behalf of a child
  • The HomeMove Grant must be for the benefit of a person who is 'disabled' within the criteria in section 100 of the Housing (Grants, Construction and Regeneration) Act 1996.

The grant is available throughout North Northamptonshire.

This type of grant is subject to funding available.
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This grant provides assistance for:

  • Providing affordable warmth by improved thermal insulation and efficient heating systems
  • Improving safety within the home
  • Carrying out radon remediation work
  • Providing 'flats over shops' in the town centre area
  • Bringing certain empty properties back into use for letting

Eligibility

Renovation Grants will be means-tested unless applicants are in receipt of certain means tested benefits.

Renovation grants are subject to the following:

  • A 30-year grant condition period will apply to owner-occupiers and a 5-year grant condition period for Landlords. If the dwelling is sold within this period, then the grant will normally be repayable.
  • Empty property owners are also required to make the property available for letting for a period of five years following completion of the renovation work.
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