Grants for disabled adaptations are available to help you live more comfortably in your own home by providing the necessary alterations to meet your needs.
You may apply for a grant if you are:
Before applying, you will need to be seen by an Occupational Therapist (OT). The OT will visit your home to carry out an assessment of your needs. Please contact Orbit to arrange this; call 0800 1217711 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Orbit work with Suffolk County Council and the District and Borough Councils across Suffolk with assisting disabled adaptations. They have developed a Housing Option and Advice Service to help disabled residents live at home more independently.
As part of the grant process, Orbit will:
Orbit will support you with your application and will visit to:
Before the Council can approve the grant we will need the completed application form and the information we have asked for.
Please note, grants will not be paid for works that have already started.
Grants for disabled adaptations are available for works that will help you to remain in your property, such as:
These are only examples. Other works may qualify for a grant, in consultation with Suffolk Social Care Services. If in doubt - please ask.
When applying for a grant for disabled adaptations you will be asked to sign a Certificate of Future Occupation stating that throughout the grant condition period you intend to occupy the property as your only or main residence.
A breach of the conditions may mean that the grant has to be repaid.
The grant condition period lasts for:
If the grant amount is for a sum of £5,000 or over the Council may demand repayment of the part of the grant that exceeds £5,000, but may not demand an amount in excess of £10,000.
The maximum amount of grant assistance that can be offered is currently £30,000.
The Discretionary Disabled Facilities Grant is a new initiative that provides a better and simplified process to speed up adaptations, removing the need for a means test for minor adaptations. Find out more.