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Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG)

Help getting around your home

Lincolnshire County Council Social Services can help with assessing your needs in order for you to remain in your home. Please contact them on 01522 782155.  Their office hours are Monday to Friday from 8am until 6pm.

The assessment may include an Occupational Therapist visiting your home.  Click the link for further details Lincolnshire County Council Occupational Therapy 

Obam stairlift     Ramp     LAS     

Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG)                                

Occupational Therapist recommendations for works can include:

  • Widening doors
  • Installing ramps 
  • Installing stair lifts
  • Installing level access showers

You can apply for a DFG if you are:

  • A tenant occupier 
  • An owner occupier
  • A landlord (on behalf of a disabled tenant)

What happens next?

Upon receipt of your Occupational Therapist recommendation:

  • We will send you an application form to complete and return (including a financial means testing form).
  • On receipt of all requested documentation, we will check your grant eligibility and notify you within 14 days whether you have been successful.
  • Successful applications are forwarded to either our Building Consultancy Surveyor or a relevant contractor for a survey to be completed on your home.
  • Plans are submitted for the works and forwarded to our Planning Department if planning permission is required.
  • When plans are agreed, contractors are appointed and dates will be confirmed as to when works can commence.
  • All payments are made direct to the contractor (either by the Council or by you if a contribution is required*)

All works must be completed within 12 months of the approved grant application.

Financial means testing

DFGs are awarded through financial means testing. This is where we look at the income, assets and savings of the disabled person, their spouse or partner. 

*Please note, depending on your circumstances, you may need to contribute toward the cost of any works that are not covered by the grant. This payment is made directly to the contractor. 

If the DFG is for a child under 19, and you receive Child Benefit for that child, you will not need to make any contribution.

If you receive one of the following benefits, you may qualify for full grant funding for any approved adaptive works:

  • Income related Employment Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Housing Benefit
  • Income related Jobseekers Allowance (JSA)
  • Income Support
  • Guaranteed Pension Credit
  • Working Tax Credit, with an annual income of less than £15,050
  • Universal Credit
  • Council Tax Support

The maximum amount of grant that we could award is £30,000, including any relevant professional fees. You will only receive as much as is necessary to adapt your home to your needs.