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
Children and families for disabled children up to 19 years
Telephone: 01452 426565
Email: Children's helpdesk
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
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.
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Warm and Well
Forest of Dean District Council, along with the six other councils in Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire, is working in partnership with Seven Wye Energy Agency to run the Warm and Well project, offering free energy advice to residents in the county.
Warm and Well administer energy efficiency grants on behalf of the council, which can be used to make a range of home energy improvements. Subject to eligibility, grants are available for:
- replacement windows/doors
- renewable energy options such as solar and air source heat pumps
If your household income is under £30,000 and you privately own or rent an energy inefficient property, you could qualify for support to make your home warmer, healthier and more affordable to run.
Call Warm and Well free on: 0800 500 3076 to speak to one of their advisers. They can support you with the grant application process and offer advice on using energy in the home. You can also make an enquiry on the Warm and Well website. To find out more about the grants available visit the Grants and Funding section of their website.
Funding for Community-led Housing
The Government’s Community Housing Fund is managed by Homes England. The bidding for this grant has finished. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 01285 623397.