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Mandatory Disabled Facilities Grant

A Mandatory Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) is a means-tested grant which helps with the cost of essential housing adaptations to enable disabled people to live independently in and around their home. A grant up to a maximum of £30,000 can be given. It is available to:

  • housing association tenants
  • private tenants
  • home owners

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

What is a Disabled Facilities Grant?

What home adaptations does a Disabled Facilities Grant cover?

Adaptations range from ramps, stair lifts and level access showers to building a ground floor bathroom extension.

Apply for a Disability Facilities Grant

Grant assistance can only be considered once the council has received a referral from an occupational therapist, so the first step is to contact the relevant helpdesk below and arrange for an occupational therapist assessment to see if adaptations are necessary to meet the disabled person’s needs.

Adult Social Care

Children and families for disabled children up to 19 years

Following the assessment 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 at the council will then contact the applicant to start the application process.

To find out more about DFGs and how to apply, visit:

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 are a local contractor in Gloucestershire and would like to apply to be listed in the directory for Gloucestershire, please fill in the online contractors' and agents form.

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:

  • heating
  • insulation
  • 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 or 01285 623397.

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