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How long will the whole process take?

Updated: 23 Sep 2017
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The speed at which your grant can be processed will depend on the level of demand and the money available. Equally, it will also depend on you sending us all the necessary documents. The following step by step guide provides a brief outline of the process.
Stage What we will do
Step 1 - Complete preliminary enquiry form Acknowledge receipt within 10 working days.
Step 2 - Inspection of property Your local office will advise you when the inspection will take place. Depending on the demand for grants, it may take some time before an inspection can be arranged.
Step 3 - Issue of schedule of grant aided works This is a list of all the works to be carried out for grant aid and will take up to 12 weeks.
Step 4 - Provide us with all the necessary documentation
Examples of documents include:
  • Proof of ownership
  • Plans, sketch plans
  • Estimates
  • Building control approval
  • Planning approval
Applicants are requested to send us all documents within 6 months. However, the length of time taken to obtain these documents will depend on other statutory bodies.
Step 5 - Complete formal test of resources form and submit to the grants office Details of your income, family circumstances etc. will be checked to determine your contribution to the approved cost of the work.
Step 6 - Formal approval to start work This can take up to 6 months.
Step 7 - Inspection of work for stage or final payment This can take up to 2 weeks from request.
Step 8 - Payment of money This can take up 4 weeks after the final inspection.