Housing grants and funds
If you need help improving your home we may be able to help you.
Each of the different housing grants below have different terms and conditions, and you may have to contribute some of your own money. The information given on this page does not include all possibilities, so you can find out more about each option by downloading and reading the documents at the foot of the page, or by contacting our private sector housing team on the contact details below.
Disabled Facilities Grants
If you have a disability you may get help to install a stair lift, fit a hoist or build a shower etc, or make other adaptations to help you. The maximum grant is £30,000. For more information about applying for disabled facilities grants, visit the Adapting your own home if you have a disability factsheet.
The grant does not apply to council homes. If you live in one you may still be able to have your home adapted.
Minor Adaptation Grants
These are for less complicated adaptations. The maximum amount you can get is £5,000 and the grant is only available to people in receipt of qualifying benefits.
This may be used when it would be cheaper to move from a property where adaptations would be difficult to make, to another one where the necessary adaptations would be easier and less expensive. The maximum amount of help given would be £10,000.
Decent Homes Assistance
This may be used for people to bring their houses up to a ‘decent’ standard. This is only available to owner- occupiers in certain parts of the town who receive qualifying benefits. Please check the list of eligible postcodes by downloading the document at the foot of the page. The maximum amount of help for such works is £20,000 and takes the form of a loan which becomes repayable in full to us in the event of a change of ownership or breach of occupation conditions. For more information you can download the Decent Homes Assistance factsheet at the foot of the page.
Empty Homes Grants
These grants are available to bring long-term vacant properties back into use. The amount available will be 50 per cent of the required expenses up to a total value of £30,000. There is a limit on the total funds available across the town.
For more information, visit the Empty homes webpage.
If you are 55 or over and a homeowner you could consider using equity release to unlock your money from your home while you still live there.
There is an equity release scheme advice service operated by StepChange that is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority.
You can now pay your Client Contribution fee and repay your Disabled Facilities Grant online using the button below.
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