Working out how much grant funding you could get
Updated: 23 Sep 2017
One of the main aims of the Home Improvement Grants system is that resources should be targeted at those who can least afford to pay for works to their properties. If you apply for a Renovation Grant, Replacement Grant and Disabled Facilities Grant you will be means tested to find out whether you are able to make a financial contribution towards the approved cost of the work.
However, if a Disability Facilities Grant is awarded for adaptations for a dependent child, the parents/guardians will not be means tested.
Is the means test the same for landlords and tenants?
Tenants are subject to a test of resources in the same way as owner occupiers. However, grants awarded to landlords are based on a percentage of the eligible cost of the work, up to the maximum grant amount. Generally there is a 50% grant available, but this percentage may be greater in designated regeneration areas.
Landlords in Group Repair Schemes have no contribution to make towards the cost of the work.
How is the test of resources carried out?
The calculation is based on your average weekly income set against your basic needs. The test takes into account your family status and special needs such as single parenthood, disability and old age. If your resources are less than your needs then the grant will meet the full approved cost of the work.
If your resources are greater than your needs, then a proportion of your remaining income will be used to calculate the size of loan we think you are able to afford. Therefore the total amount we award for a grant is the total approved cost of the work less the amount you can afford to borrow.
To obtain an estimate of your potential contribution towards your grant application, please click on the following link and enter your details. Should you require any further information, please contact your local Grants Office.