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How To Get The County Council Housing Adaptation Grants

In Ireland, there are three housing adaptation grants provided by local County Councils for older people and people with disabilities to complete various adaptations and repairs in their homes.

There are three grants available to help make a home safer and easier to access. The three grants are listed below.

Applications are prioritised based on medical needs and are subject to funding availability. The majority of Councils require an occupational therapist’s (OT) assessment and report. This assessment is required to ensure that the appropriate work is completed to meet an applicant’s needs.

If you want to learn more about Occupational Therapy then read our article: What is Occupational Therapy?

a woman on a stairlift that received the housing adaptation grant
  • The Housing Adaptation Grant for People with a Disability provides people with a disability the financial support to have necessary adaptations, repairs, or improvement works carried out to make their home more suitable to their needs.  
  • Amount: Up to €30,000, which may cover up to 95% of the approved costs of the works. 
  • Eligibility: The grant is means-tested. The maximum grant of €30,000 may be available to applicants with gross household incomes of up to €30,000 per year. If your household income is above €60,000 then you would not be eligible to obtain the grant. If your house is less than 12 months old, the grant will not be more than €14,500
  • Types of work available:
    • Ramp / Platform Lift / Outside path 
    • Level access doors / Doors widened
    • Accessible shower / Downstairs toilet / Grab rails
    • Stairlift / Through floor lift / Stair rails / Ceiling track hoist
    • Extensions for Bedroom / Bathroom / Other suitably required space
    • There are other bespoke adaptations available
Maximum yearly household income% of costsMaximum grant for houses built more than 12 months agoMaximum grant for houses built less than 12 months ago
Up to €30,00095%€30,000€14,500
€30,001 – €35,00085%€25,500€12,325
€35,001 – €40,00075%€22,500€10,875
€40,001 – €50,00050%€15,000€7,250
€50,001 – €60,00030%€9,000€4,350
Over €60,000 No grantNo grant
Housing Adaptation Grant Income Table

a man in a wheelchair using a ramp he got from the mobility aids grant
  • The Mobility Aids Grant is available to fast-track grants to cover some works addressing the mobility and access needs of individuals living at home. 
  • Amount: Up to €6000, which may cover 100% of the cost of works.
  • Eligibility: The grant is means-tested. Applicants are assessed on all household income with a maximum limit of €30,000. This includes the annual gross income of all household members aged 18 years or over (or aged 2 years or over if in full-time education) in the previous tax year. If your household income is below €30,000 then you are eligible as long as you meet the other requirements
  • Types of work available
    • Grab rails / Stair rails
    • Ramp
    • Accessible shower
    • Stairlift
    • There are other bespoke adaptations available

a builder completing roof repairs for the housing aid for older people grant
  • The Housing Aid for Older People Grant assists older people living in poor housing conditions to have necessary repairs or improvements carried out. Grant-eligible works include structural repairs or improvements, re-wiring, repairs to or replacement of windows and doors, provision of water supply and sanitary facilities, and provision of heating.
  • Amount: Up to €8000, which may cover up to 95% of the approved cost of works. 
  • Eligibility: The grant is means-tested. The maximum grant of €30,000 may be available to applicants with gross household incomes of up to €30,000 per year. If your household income is above €60,000 then you would not be eligible to obtain the grant. 
  • Types of work available
    • Roof repairs or replacements
    • Electrical wiring upgrades
    • Doors and window repairs and replacements
    • Central heating installation
Maximum yearly household income% of costsMaximum grant
Up to €30,00095%€8,000
€30,000 – €35,00085%€6,800
€35,001 – €40,00075%€6,000
€40,001 – €50,00050%€4,000
€50,001 – €60,00030%€2,400
Over €60,000No grant payable
Housing Aid for Older People Grant Income Table

housing grant infographic outlining differences between the three different grants

How to apply

  • You can contact your local County Council to obtain the application form.
  • You can also visit the below link to download the application form:
  • Go through the application form and complete all sections required.
  • If you are unsure of what grant to apply for then tick all three grants, and the County Council will allocate you to the correct grant.

What happens after I apply?

  • You will be contacted to see if you qualify for the grant. 
  • A technician may visit your home to ensure that it is possible to complete the work and that they are suitable for your needs. 
  • You may be requested to send photos of the areas of the house that are due to be adapted. 
  • You will be advised if your application has been approved and how much you have been approved for. 
  • You will be asked for quotes for the work, the contractor’s tax reference number, and your bank account details.

Tips

  • Gather everything into one folder. 
  • Ensure you have completed all sections of the application form. 
  • Get quotes beforehand and submit them with your application.
  • Photocopy everything before sending it to the council.
  • Don’t start any work before you receive approval. If you do then your application will be denied and you won’t receive any grant. 
  • Organise a payment plan with your contractor.
    • Don’t pay everything upfront.
    • A sample payment plan might look like this.
      1. Pay a deposit of 10%.
      2. Pay 30% when work begins.
      3. Pay 30% when work is nearly complete.
      4. Pay 30% when work is completed.
  • If your needs change in the future you can obtain another grant. 
  • Start applying before you or your family member’s condition gets too severe. The grant can sometimes take 3-6 months before receiving approval. 
  • The grants do not cover the VAT cost of the work. You can get the VAT back from Revenue after you have paid for the work (see www.revenue.ie for more information).

The Citizens Information has detailed posts outlining the process and qualification requirements for each of the three grants.



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