Disabled Facilities Grant

If you have a disability, you can apply for a Disabled Facilities Grant funded by the District Council. Disabled Facilities Grants are available to homeowners, private tenants, or those occupying properties owned by a registered provider e.g. a housing association.

Disabled Facilities Grants can be given for works such as the following:

  • Providing access to your property;
  • Installing a stair lift;
  • Converting a bathroom to a level access shower room; or,
  • Providing a wheelchair accessible kitchen.

Before applying for a grant an Occupational Therapist must first assess your needs. If you do not already have an Occupational Therapist please call 01243 642121 or go to WSCC Adult Care Point .

Once the council has received a referral for adaptation works from your Occupational Therapist, and providing that you are in receipt of a means tested benefit you can submit an application for a grant. If you are not in receipt of a means tested benefit you must first complete a means test questionnaire and send it to the Housing Standards Team at Chichester District Council, and depending upon the outcome you may be asked to contribute towards the cost of the works. Please note that children under 16 years or in full time education up to the age of 19 are eligible for a full grant and are not required to complete a means test.

It is important to note that before adaptation works are approved, they must be assessed by an officer within the Housing Standards Team to determine that they are reasonable and practicable. If you are a tenant, the landlord will be required to give permission for the works to be done.

More information can be found in the word icon West Sussex Disabled Facilities Grant Policy [288kb].

Home Repair Assistance

If you own your own property and have lived there for more than a year, it is your main residence and you have responsibility for maintenance and repairs, you may qualify for Home Repairs Assistance.

 

Funding is available to those who are in receipt of a means tested benefit, Disabled Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment OR the household income is less than £20,000 pa and the applicant has less than £16,000 in savings.

Works considered suitable for funding are those that would resolve a serious health and safety hazard in the home as assessed by a member of the Housing Standards Team. Funding is available up to a maximum of £30,000 for a permanent dwelling or £3000 for a residential park home. Funding will be registered as a local land charge and is repayable upon sale of the property or if the property is no longer the applicant's main dwelling. Further conditions apply.

For more information and to discuss your property please contact the Housing Standards Team.

Energy efficiency grants and discounts

The Government and energy companies along with a number of organisations provide grants or discounts to help residents. The schemes on offer regularly change therefore if you are interested in finding out what is currently available please contact our Home Energy Advisor on 01243 521041who will be able to assist. . Further information can be found on the energy efficiency page.

The Chichester Warm Homes Initiative

Home owners and landlords letting their properties to tenants on a low income can apply for funding for a whole house efficient heating system where the occupant is in fuel poverty or suffering an excess cold health and safety hazard Applicants must either be in receipt of a means tested benefit, Disabled Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment OR the household income is less than £20,000 pa and the applicant has less than £16,000 in savings

Funding will be up to a maximum of £5000 (or £8000 in areas where gas is not available). Landlords will be required to pay the first £1000. The cost of the works is registered as a local land charge for a period of 10 years and must be repaid if the property is sold during this period. Further conditions apply.

For more information and to apply, residents should contact the Energy Visiting Advisor on 01243 521041 or email info@chichesterwellbeing.org.uk.

Landlord accreditation assistance

Landlords who join the Chichester and Arun Landlord Accreditation Scheme are eligible to apply for Landlord Accreditation Assistance, which provides financial assistance towards the cost of a wide range of works required to meet the Accreditation Scheme standards.

In order to apply landlords must first complete an application form to join the scheme, which can be found here (insert hyperlink) . Once an application has been received the Council will arrange to inspect the property and identify any required works. The items eligible for Landlord Accreditation Assistance will be compiled and sent to the landlord to assist them with obtaining at least two competitive quotes for each item. The landlord must then submit the quotes along with an application form. Please see the Landlords Financial Assistance Application form below

Landlord Accreditation Assistance is provided at a rate of 50% of the total cost of the eligible works, up to a maximum of £4000 throughout any 5 year period. Financial assistance is available towards the cost of the majority of works required to meet the scheme standards. However portable items such as fire blankets and battery powered carbon monoxide detectors, etc. are not included.

Empty Homes Assistance

If you own a house that has been empty for more than a year, and requires works to meet the Chichester Landlord Accreditation Standards you can apply for financial assistance. The amount available is 100% of the cost of works, up to a maximum of £10,000. Conditions include:

  • property must be let through the Council's Homefinder Scheme
  • works cannot be part of an insurance claim
  • works must be completed within 12 months of assistance being approved
  • further conditions apply

To submit an applicaton please see the available Landlords Financial Assistance Application form.

Homefinder Assistance

Chichester District Council operates its own property management service to assist landlords with the letting and running of their properties. Landlords wishing to sign up for the service will be able to access a range of benefits including financial assistance.

Landlords wishing to apply for financial assistance will need to ensure their property meets the Council's Accreditation Standards and funding is available towards the cost of most works required to bring the property up to this standard. Funding is available up to a maximum of £4000 throughout a 5 year period. Properties must be let through the Council's Homefinder Scheme for a period of 5 years. Conditions apply.