Grants for Housing Adaptation
Housing Adaptation Grant
The Housing Adaptation Grant for People with a Disability is available for works which are reasonably necessary to make a house more suitable a person with a disability who has an enduring physical, sensory, mental health or intellectual impairment.
The grant can help you to make changes and adaptations to your home:
- Wheel chair ramps,
- Extending it to create more space,
- Adding a ground-floor bathroom,
- Adding a ground – floor bedroom,
- Adding a ground floor toilet,
Housing Adaptation Grant for People with a Disability
The Housing Adaptation Grant for Older People and People with a Disability can be paid to people in:
- Owner-occupied housing
- Houses being bought from a local authority under the tenant purchase scheme
- Private rented accommodation (the duration of your tenancy can affect grant approval)
- Accommodation provided under the voluntary housing Capital Assistance and Rental Subsidy schemes
- Accommodation occupied by people living in communal residences
If you buy or build a new home, you may get the grant but at a lower rate
You must satisfy the local authority that you will occupy the property as your normal place of residence when the works have been done. If you are a tenant, you must also get written approval from your landlord.
There are 3 priority levels:
Your application will be prioritised based on medical needs.
Priority 1: A person who is terminally ill or fully or mainly dependent on their family or carer; or where alterations or adaptations would facilitate their discharge from hospital or alleviate the need for hospitalisation in the future
Priority 2: A person who is mobile but who needs assistance in accessing washing, toilet facilities, bedroom etc.; or where without the alterations or adaptations their ability to function independently would be hindered
Priority 3: A person who is independent but who requires special facilities to improve their quality of life, for example, a separate bedroom or living space
Assessment by occupational therapist
An occupational therapist’s (OT) assessment may be required. The local authority can arrange for this, or you can employ an OT yourself and recoup up to €200 of the cost from the local authority as part of the grant, subject to the maximum grant limit.
The grant is available to households whose gross annual household income does not exceed €60,000. Your total household income is assessed to find out if you qualify for the grant and the amount payable.
The following is not taken into account when calculating your household income:
- €5,000 for each member of the household aged up to 18 years
- €5,000 for each member of the household aged between 18 and 23 years and in full-time education or on a SOLAS apprenticeship
- €5,000 where the person to whom the grant application relates is being cared for by a relative on a full-time basis
- Child benefit
- Working family payment
- Domicilary Care Allowance
- Carers support Grant
- Carer Benefit and Carer Allowance (if the carer’s payment is made in respect of the person to whom the grant application relates)
When applying for the grant, you must provide:
- Your tax reference number
- Details of your tax district and
A statement that, to the best of your knowledge, your tax affairs are in order.
If the value of your grant application adds up to €10,000 or more, you must make a valid Tax Clearance Certificate available to the local authority. You can either provide the physical certificate or else give the local authority your customer number and the reference number of the certificate and authorise it to confirm your tax clearance status electronically.
For all grant payments contractors must produce confirmation of tax clearance.
You must also provide evidence of ownership of the property and evidence that the Local Property Tax on it has been paid. There is full exemption from LPT for property that has been bought, built or adapted to make it suitable for occupation by a permanently and totally incapacitated person as their sole or main residence.
In the case of adaptations to a property, the exemption will only apply where the cost of the adaptations exceeds 25% of the market value of the property before it is adapted.
Starting the work to adapt your home
The grant will not be paid if you start work before you get grant approval.
Once approved we can start works asap.
In general, the work done on your home is expected to be appropriate to your future needs as well as your current needs. However, if your needs change substantially over time, you may find that further works are required. You can apply again for a Housing Adaptation Grant and your application will be assessed in the normal way. There is no minimum time limit between the payment of a first and second grant.
If your household income is less than €30,000 you may qualify for 95% of the cost of the works (up to the maximum grant amount of €30,000). The proportion of the costs to be grant aided will be tapered from 95% down to 30%, depending on your income. If your gross annual household income exceeds €60,000 no grant is payable. If your house is less than 12 months old the grant will generally not exceed €14,500.
The maximum amounts may not be fully awarded. Grant amounts are subject to the funding of each local authority, so the local authority can decide whether they pay the full grant or a percentage in each case.
Download Grant Forms
Click the button below to download the application form. You can then print the form and submit to your Local Authority. Please don’t hesitate to contact us should you need assistance in completing the building section.
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