North East Lincolnshire Council

Adapting and improving your home

Housing assistance grant

The aim of this grant is to enable eligible homeowners to carry out essential repairs, to ensure a home, which is wind and weather tight, safe and does not present an immediate risk to the health.

  • Grant is available to fund up to 100% of the cost of eligible work, including appropriate fees, up to a maximum of £8k over any ten-year period
  • Housing Assistance Grants are only available to owner-occupiers of properties within North East Lincolnshire who have had an owner’s interest for at least 2 years
  • Applicants are only eligible if they are unable to access other loans through the council or high street lenders
  • Applicants will then be subject to means test and as a result, may be required to contribute towards the cost of the eligible works
  • A prioritised waiting list operates for the grants, and are subject to funding availability

For further details of energy grants for the home, go to our Home energy pages.

Disabled Facility Grants

The aim of the council is to enable the elderly and disabled to remain living in a home of their own, living as independently as possible, for as long as is reasonably practicable. Suitably designed or adapted housing, along with appropriate health and social care is fundamental to this aim.

The following types of assistance are currently available, subject to funding:

In exceptional circumstances e.g. where an applicant has failed the means test but can prove they do not have access to any self-funding options and are ineligible for a Homes and Loans application or do not have access commercial borrowing, then an application for a Discretionary Disabled Facilities Grant will be considered by the Disabled Adaptations Panel. The grant is subject to the same terms and conditions, up to a maximum of £30,000.

Further details can be found in the Housing Assistance Policy (PDF).

The Mandatory Disabled Facilities Grant is a means tested grant available up to a maximum of £30,000, (including appropriate fees or such other amount as prescribed by legislation).

Applications relating to a disabled child (less than 19 years) are exempt from the means test. 

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants (or their child), must be registered, or capable of being so registered, as a disabled person.

Both owner-occupiers and tenants (private or social sector) can apply. However, tenants will require the approval of their landlord before the application can be considered.

Eligible Work

To make it easier to get into and out of the dwelling by, for example;

  • By enabling access to the bathing, bedroom, and kitchen facilities; for example, by installing a stair lift or a level access shower
  • To improve or provide a heating system in your home which is suitable to the needs of the disabled person
  • To allow access to the garden within the boundary of the property

Further details can be found in the Housing Assistance Policy (PDF)

Sometimes, the applicants current home, cannot be suitable adapted, or is not considered reasonable to adapt to meet applicant’s needs.

In these cases, a more sustainable and secure housing option will offer the applicant a more suitable and cost effective solution.

The grant provides assistance up to £3,500, for eligible residents, to move to a more suitable property which is either already adapted or easily adapted to meet the applicant’s needs.

Relocation assistance can be used to pay estate agency/letting agency fees, solicitor fees, mortgage fees and removal fees, upon completion of a successful move.

Further details can be found in the Housing Assistance Policy (PDF).

SEND and Local Offer

Visit the SEND and Local Offer page for information about the help and support for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

Home Improvement Team, Origin 2, Origin Way, Grimsby, N E Lincs, DN37 9TZ

Email: homeimprovementteam@nelincs.gov.uk

Telephone: 01472 326296 option 4

Office opening times: Monday to Thursday 9 am to 4.30 pm. Friday 9 am to 5 pm, except bank holidays