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Housing grants

Disabled Facilities grant (DFG)

The Disabled Facilities Grant is for adaptations to give the disabled person more independence in and around their home and access to essential facilities. A grant up to £30,000 can be given. Adaptations range from ramps, stair lifts, replacing a bath with a shower to building a ground floor bathroom extension. 

If you are a housing association tenant who needs minor adaptations such as grab rails you can request this work directly from your landlord.

Request a Disability Facilities Grant

Contact relevant Social Services helpdesk to set up a visit and assessment by an Occupational Therapist

Grant assistance can only be considered once the council has received a referral from an Occupational Therapist so the first step to making a grant application is to phone the relevant helpdesk below and set up an Occupational Therapist assessment to see if they think adaptations would be necessary to meet the disabled person’s needs.

Adult Social Care

Telephone: 01452 426868
Email: Adult Social Care team
Website: Gloucestershire council social care

Children and families for disabled children up to 19 years

Telephone: 01452 426565
Email: Children's helpdesk
Website: Gloucestershire council social care

The Occupational Therapist will send the council a referral if they think adaptations are required to meet the medical needs of the disabled person

The Grant officer will contact the applicant to start the application process

Discretionary grants

Warm and well grant

Warm and Well is managed by Severn Wye Energy Agency for the six Local Authorities in Gloucester. The Ecoflex scheme under Warm and Well is available to private tenants and home owners and:

  • aims to reduce fuel poverty and associated health problems and improve energy efficiency in the home
  • offers grants for insulation, boilers and heating
  • offers the Renewable Energy Incentive which include health issues related to damp and cold
  • offers advice on reducing debt and increasing income

To find out if you are eligible phone 0800 5003076 (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm) or download the eligibility criteria.

If you have any questions email housingadaptations@fdean.gov.uk.

Relocation grant

In some cases if adaptations are too costly or not feasible, we may need to consider rehousing to a more suitable property. There is a discretionary grant available from the council that could help with relocation costs and/or purchasing costs of a new property. For more information about rehousing to a housing association property visit the Homeseeker Plus website.

Apply to be listed in the contractors' and agents directory

If you're a local contractor in Gloucestershire and would like to apply to be listed in the directory for Gloucestershire fill in the online contractors' and agents form.

Funding for Community-led Housing 

The Government’s Community Housing Fund is managed by Homes England. The bidding for this grant programme finished last year. However, on the 30th January 2021 the government announced the renewal of the Community Housing Fund for 2021/2022 to support community led housing. The Community Housing Fund will provide revenue funding aimed at supporting community-based organisations to progress opportunities for local house building projects and prepare bids to access grant funding from the Affordable Homes Programme. We hope further information will be available shortly.

The Community Led Homes website has a comprehensive list of funding sources for Community-led housing.

We have a small amount of funding to support groups in the Forest of Dean with their Community-led housing projects. There are two grants available:

  • the start-up grant of up to £1000, for groups to become established in their community and incorporate into a formal organisation
  • pre-development grant (up to £10,000) for established groups who are progressing their housing project to planning application stage

If you would like to discuss your project and request a grant application form please contact Lois Taylor, Community-led Housing Enabler on lois.taylor@publicagroup.uk or 01285 623397.

 

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