Home improvements and grants

We offer limited housing-related grants to help with keeping you independent and improving your quality of life.

Disability facilities grants

These are grants to help disabled people lead a more independent life or achieve a better quality of life. They can provide items including stairlifts and hoists, ramps and rails, bathing adaptations and any improvements that we would deem helpful.

Am I eligible for a grant?

Clients are required to complete a Financial assessment.

The outcome of this test will determine the amount of money the client has to contribute to the cost of the work. This will vary from zero to the point where in effect they get no grant.

  • to request an assessment for an adult, call 01302 737391
  • to request an assessment for a child, call 01302 737391

Receiving the grant

How the award is worked out

  • if your income is less than your assessed needs you will not normally need to contribute to the cost of the works
  • if your income is more than your assessed needs, a proportion of your income will be used to calculate how much you could contribute towards the cost of the works
  • if this assessed amount is less than the cost of the works, the difference between the two is paid as a Disabled Facilities Grant

Maximum grant amount

The maximum amount of grant that a council is required to pay is £30,000 per application, less any assessed contribution from you. If the cost of the eligible works is more, the council can use discretionary powers to increase the amount.

Is the grant repayable?

If you receive a grant for more than £5,000, you may have to repay the grant (up to a maximum of £10,000) if you move home within ten years.

Home Improvement Agencies (HIA)

In Doncaster, there are a number of teams and organisations that could help you live independently by repairing, maintaining or adapting parts of your home. Support provided will have a positive impact on your physical and mental health, making you feel safer and secure in your home.

These services are often aimed at people who are older, have long-term health conditions or disabilities.

Please find the range of services that are on offer below and whether you may be eligible for support:

  • Housing Adaptations Service (Doncaster Council): This service is available to anyone with an identified need based upon health and/or disability. Adaptations can range from small items, such as grab rails and lever taps, to more major alterations.
  • Doncaster Repair and Support Service (Doncaster Council): Older and disabled people who cannot rely on any family or friends are able to access this service, although individuals must live in either private rented or council housing. If this is something that the landlord should fix, the team will not carry out the service. The service offers minor repairs and small maintenance jobs but residents must supply the provided repairperson with their own materials.
  • Affordable Warmth Team (Doncaster Council): This service is offered to homeowners with chronic, long-term health conditions (such as respiratory and cardiovascular conditions) and living in a cold home. The team will improve, install or replace heating/hot water systems if they are not working or cannot be repaired. However, they also offer support and signposting to anyone in relation to a warm home, energy efficiency and other wider guidance.
  • Home First Repair Service (Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust): The service aims to prevent hospital admissions and delayed discharge by offering a range of handy person services to address urgent issues in the individual’s home environment. Any professional involved in the intermediate care pathway is able to make a referral. Need is determined on a case-by-case basis, but may include fitting key safes, stair rails or capping off gas appliances.
  • Council Housing Repairs (St. Leger Homes Doncaster): This is available for council house tenants. They may be able to help in a range of circumstances. First, for rapid repair works if referred by the Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust. Second, on a case-by-case basis they may provide additional items such as external lights or sockets. Third, the team will provide a free two-hour repairperson service for new tenants, who have no one else to help them. Additionally, gas servicing is also available to private residents – although fees apply.

Make an enquiry

Should you have any queries, comments or questions regarding the service we provide, please use the online form below:

For improvements to council-owned homes and the Empty Homes Grant, please see:

More information:

Last updated: 29 March 2022 09:33:32