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      Am I eligible for a Mobility Aid Housing Grant?

      The grant is means tested and the level of grant is determined by taking account of the annual gross income of the registered property owner together with all household members over 18 (or 23 if in full time education) in the previous tax year.  In order to qualify for a grant under this scheme the gross household income must not exceed €30,000 (some applicants may qualify for certain income disregards).

      What type of work is covered by the Grant?

      The works covered include grab rails, access ramps, level access showers, stair-lifts, and other minor works deemed reasonably necessary to make a house more suitable for a person with mobility problems to live in. 

      What is the maximum Grant available?

      The maximum grant available is €6,000 or 100% of the approved nett cost of proposed works.  The applicant may qualify for a refund of the VAT from the Revenue Commissioners subject to certain conditions once they have paid the contractor in full.

      What type of work is covered by the grant?

      The only works available under this scheme are re-wiring, re-roofing and the provision of central heating (where none exists).

      N.B.  Central Heating – There is no grant available under this scheme for upgrading an existing central heating system.  These grants are available from the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland at 1850 927000 or www.seai.ie

      Am I eligible for a grant?

      All applications for grant aid under this scheme are means tested and the level of grant is determined as follows, the annual gross income of the registered property owner together with all household members over 18 (or 23 if in full time education) in the previous tax year up to a maximum income of €60,000, (some applicants may qualify for certain income disregards). 

      What are the income limits?

      The income limits differ depending on which grant you are applying for. If your household income from the previous tax year exceeds the below amounts after the applicable disregards and deductions are applied, you will not be considered eligible to receive a grant:

      Grant Type

      Household Income Limit

      Housing Adaptation Grant for People with a Disability

      €60,000

      Mobility Aids Grant

      €30,000

      Housing Aid for Older People Grant

      €60,000

       

       

      How is income assessed?

      Annual gross income from the previous tax year is used in assessing the household income in an application. This includes the following:

      • All the people living in the home aged 18 years or over (except for those in full-time education or engaged in a SOLAS apprenticeship that are under23 years of age)
      • The registered property owner (and their spouse if applicable) except if your home is one of the following:
        • Rented from a landlord with a current tenancy agreement registered with the Residential Tenancies Board in place
        • Provided by an Approved Housing Body
        • A communal residence

      Some payments from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection are not considered when working out your household income (see below for further details).

      What deductions and disregards can apply?

      The following payments from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection are not considered in assessing your household income:

      • Carer’s Allowance/Benefit
      • Carer’s Support Grant
      • Child Benefit
      • Domiciliary Care Allowance
      • Foster Care Grant
      • Fuel Allowance
      • Household Benefits Package
      • Living Alone Allowance
      • Working Family Payment

      There are also two types of deductions that reduce the amount of household income considered:

      • A deduction of €5,000 applies for each member of the household who is under 18 years of age or under 23 years of age and in full time education or engaged in a SOLAS apprenticeship;
      • A deduction of €5,000 applies where the person for whom the grant aid is sought is being cared for by a relative on a full-time basis if a relative is caring full-time for the person who the grant is for.

       

      What documents will be required as part of my application?

      See below for an example of the works covered by each of the grants:

      Grant Type

      Examples of Works Covered

      Housing Adaptation Grant for People with a Disability

      • A ramp or other ways to access your home
      • Grab rails
      • Bathroom facilities like an accessible shower or downstairs toilet
      • Stairlifts
      • Space for wheelchair access
      • An extension (typically for a bedroom and/or bathroom)

      Mobility Aids Grant

      • Grab rails
      • Ramps
      • Accessible Showers
      • Stairlifts

      Housing Aid for Older People Grant

      Essential repairs or refurbishment, including the following:

      • Repair or replacement of roof
      • Upgrading of electrical wiring
      • Repair or replacement of windows or doors
      • Provision of central heating where there is no central heating or it is broken beyond economic repair
       
      How long will it take for my grant to be approved?

      The Council will endeavour to decide on each application as soon as possible and will make every effort to issue a provisional approval of a grant within six weeks following receipt of a fully completed and valid application.

      Delays in issuing provisional approval can occur due to incomplete applications, incorrect or insufficient documentation being submitted or if major works are being carried out which require evidence of planning permission or a certificate of exemption under the Planning Acts.

      Please note that applications which are missing key information will be returned.

      Does the grant cover the VAT cost of the work?

      The grant does not cover the VAT cost of the work, in the case of the Housing Adaptation Grant for People with a Disability and the Mobility Aids Grant. VAT can be reclaimed from Revenue after the work has been paid for. Please see https://www.revenue.ie/en/vat/accounting-for-vat/how-to-account-for-value-added-tax/how-do-you-complete-a-vat3-return.aspx for more information.

      However, the VAT cost of the work is covered under the Housing Aid for Older People Grant.

      How do I get Tax Clearance from Revenue?

      If the grant application is for the sum of €10,000 or over, you will be required to provide evidence of tax clearance from Revenue. Information on how to apply for tax clearance can be found at https://www.revenue.ie/en/starting-a-business/tax-clearance/index.aspx.

      Can I appeal the decision of the Local Authority?

      If you are unhappy with the decision of the Council, you can appeal the decision in writing within three weeks of the date of the original decision, clearly outlining the reasons and grounds for appeal.  Appeals should be sent to the following address and will be assessed by an official who was not involved with the original assessment:

      Private Grants Section - Housing Department

      Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council

      County Hall

      Marine Road

      Dún Laoghaire

      Co. Dublin

       

      Every effort will be made to notify you of the decision on your appeal within six weeks of receipt of the appeal.

       

      How much is the grant for?

      The grant covers some of the cost of the work required, however, the amount of the grant depends on your household income for the previous year. The maximum grants available are as follows:

      Grant Type

      Maximum Grant Available

      Minimum Grant Available

      Housing Adaptation Grant for People with a Disability

      €30,000 or 95% of the total approved cost of the work

      €9,000 or 30% of the total approved cost of the work

      Mobility Aids Grant

      €6,000 or the total approved cost of the work (whichever is less)

      N/A

      Housing Aid for Older People Grant

      €8,000 or 95% of the total approved cost of the work

      €2,400 or 30% of the total approved cost of the work

       
      How is income assessed?

      Annual gross income from the previous tax year is used in assessing the household income in an application. This includes the following:

      • All the people living in the home aged 18 years or over (except for those in full-time education or engaged in a SOLAS apprenticeship that are under23 years of age)
      • The registered property owner (and their spouse if applicable) except if your home is one of the following:
        • Rented from a landlord with a current tenancy agreement registered with the Residential Tenancies Board in place
        • Provided by an Approved Housing Body
        • A communal residence

      Some payments from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection are not considered when working out your household income (see below for further details).

      What deductions and disregards can apply?

      The following payments from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection are not considered in assessing your household income:

      • Carer’s Allowance/Benefit
      • Carer’s Support Grant
      • Child Benefit
      • Domiciliary Care Allowance
      • Foster Care Grant
      • Fuel Allowance
      • Household Benefits Package
      • Living Alone Allowance
      • Working Family Payment

      There are also two types of deductions that reduce the amount of household income considered:

      • A deduction of €5,000 applies for each member of the household who is under 18 years of age or under 23 years of age and in full time education or engaged in a SOLAS apprenticeship;
      • A deduction of €5,000 applies where the person for whom the grant aid is sought is being cared for by a relative on a full-time basis if a relative is caring full-time for the person who the grant is for.
      What documents will be required as part of my application?

      A checklist for the documents to be sent in with your application is available on Page 20 of the Application Form.

      Note: Your application will be delayed if the Application Form is not fully completed or documents are missing.

      How long will it take for my grant to be approved?

      The Council will endeavour to decide on each application as soon as possible and will make every effort to issue a provisional approval of a grant within six weeks following receipt of a fully completed and valid application.

      Delays in issuing provisional approval can occur due to incomplete applications, incorrect or insufficient documentation being submitted or if major works are being carried out which require evidence of planning permission or a certificate of exemption under the Planning Acts.

      Please note that applications which are missing key information will be returned.

      Does the grant cover the VAT cost of the work?

      The grant does not cover the VAT cost of the work, in the case of the Housing Adaptation Grant for People with a Disability and the Mobility Aids Grant. VAT can be reclaimed from Revenue after the work has been paid for. Please see https://www.revenue.ie/en/vat/accounting-for-vat/how-to-account-for-value-added-tax/how-do-you-complete-a-vat3-return.aspx for more information.

      However, the VAT cost of the work is covered under the Housing Aid for Older People Grant.

      How do I get Tax Clearance from Revenue?

      If the grant application is for the sum of €10,000 or over, you will be required to provide evidence of tax clearance from Revenue. Information on how to apply for tax clearance can be found at https://www.revenue.ie/en/starting-a-business/tax-clearance/index.aspx.

      Can I appeal the decision of the Local Authority?

      If you are unhappy with the decision of the Council, you can appeal the decision in writing within three weeks of the date of the original decision, clearly outlining the reasons and grounds for appeal.  Appeals should be sent to the following address and will be assessed by an official who was not involved with the original assessment:

      Private Grants Section - Housing Department

      Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council

      County Hall

      Marine Road

      Dún Laoghaire

      Co. Dublin

       

      Every effort will be made to notify you of the decision on your appeal within six weeks of receipt of the appeal.

      How much is the grant for?

      The grant covers some of the cost of the work required, however, the amount of the grant depends on your household income for the previous year. The maximum grants available are as follows:

      Grant Type

      Maximum Grant Available

      Minimum Grant Available

      Housing Adaptation Grant for People with a Disability

      €30,000 or 95% of the total approved cost of the work

      €9,000 or 30% of the total approved cost of the work

      Mobility Aids Grant

      €6,000 or the total approved cost of the work (whichever is less)

      N/A

      Housing Aid for Older People Grant

      €8,000 or 95% of the total approved cost of the work

      €2,400 or 30% of the total approved cost of the work

       
      What are the income limits?

      The income limits differ depending on which grant you are applying for. If your household income from the previous tax year exceeds the below amounts after the applicable disregards and deductions are applied, you will not be considered eligible to receive a grant:

      Grant Type

      Household Income Limit

      Housing Adaptation Grant for People with a Disability

      €60,000

      Mobility Aids Grant

      €30,000

      Housing Aid for Older People Grant

      €60,000

       

       

      What sort of works are covered by these grants?

      See below for an example of the works covered by each of the grants:

      Grant Type

      Examples of Works Covered

      Housing Adaptation Grant for People with a Disability

      • A ramp or other ways to access your home
      • Grab rails
      • Bathroom facilities like an accessible shower or downstairs toilet
      • Stairlifts
      • Space for wheelchair access
      • An extension (typically for a bedroom and/or bathroom)

      Mobility Aids Grant

      • Grab rails
      • Ramps
      • Accessible Showers
      • Stairlifts

      Housing Aid for Older People Grant

      Essential repairs or refurbishment, including the following:

      • Repair or replacement of roof
      • Upgrading of electrical wiring
      • Repair or replacement of windows or doors
      • Provision of central heating where there is no central heating or it is broken beyond economic repair
       
      What works are included under the scheme?

      Ramps. Level Access Showers, Downstairs WC's, Grab Rails, Door Widenings, Stairlifts as well as other works necassary to allow the tenant with a disability to live safely in their home.

      Do I need an Occupational Therapist Report?

      Yes, the Council will arrange for an Occupational Therapist to complete an assessment of you in your home once we receive your application.

      How long does the process take?

      Minor alterations such as stairlifts and grab rails can be completed in a few weeks once we have the Occupational Therapists report.

      We currently have a large volume of applications waiting for larger works such as bathrooms and ramps. It is not possible to say exactly how long an applicant will be waiting for works to be complete when they apply.

      I have a disability but I'm not a Council tenant. Are there any grant schemes available to me?

      Applicants living in privately owned properties can apply for a grant to have works doen under the following schemes:

      - Housing Adaptation Grant for People with a Disability

      - Mobility Aids Grant

      More information can be found here: https://www.dlrcoco.ie/en/housing/apply-grant/adaptation-grants-privately-owned-homes

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Apply for a grant

Am I eligible for a Mobility Aid Housing Grant?

The grant is means tested and the level of grant is determined by taking account of the annual gross income of the registered property owner together with all household members over 18 (or 23 if in full time education) in the previous tax year.  In order to qualify for a grant under this scheme the gross household income must not exceed €30,000 (some applicants may qualify for certain income disregards).

What type of work is covered by the Grant?

The works covered include grab rails, access ramps, level access showers, stair-lifts, and other minor works deemed reasonably necessary to make a house more suitable for a person with mobility problems to live in. 

What is the maximum Grant available?

The maximum grant available is €6,000 or 100% of the approved nett cost of proposed works.  The applicant may qualify for a refund of the VAT from the Revenue Commissioners subject to certain conditions once they have paid the contractor in full.

What type of work is covered by the grant?

The only works available under this scheme are re-wiring, re-roofing and the provision of central heating (where none exists).

N.B.  Central Heating – There is no grant available under this scheme for upgrading an existing central heating system.  These grants are available from the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland at 1850 927000 or www.seai.ie

Am I eligible for a grant?

All applications for grant aid under this scheme are means tested and the level of grant is determined as follows, the annual gross income of the registered property owner together with all household members over 18 (or 23 if in full time education) in the previous tax year up to a maximum income of €60,000, (some applicants may qualify for certain income disregards). 

What are the income limits?

The income limits differ depending on which grant you are applying for. If your household income from the previous tax year exceeds the below amounts after the applicable disregards and deductions are applied, you will not be considered eligible to receive a grant:

Grant Type

Household Income Limit

Housing Adaptation Grant for People with a Disability

€60,000

Mobility Aids Grant

€30,000

Housing Aid for Older People Grant

€60,000

 

 

How is income assessed?

Annual gross income from the previous tax year is used in assessing the household income in an application. This includes the following:

  • All the people living in the home aged 18 years or over (except for those in full-time education or engaged in a SOLAS apprenticeship that are under23 years of age)
  • The registered property owner (and their spouse if applicable) except if your home is one of the following:
    • Rented from a landlord with a current tenancy agreement registered with the Residential Tenancies Board in place
    • Provided by an Approved Housing Body
    • A communal residence

Some payments from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection are not considered when working out your household income (see below for further details).

What deductions and disregards can apply?

The following payments from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection are not considered in assessing your household income:

  • Carer’s Allowance/Benefit
  • Carer’s Support Grant
  • Child Benefit
  • Domiciliary Care Allowance
  • Foster Care Grant
  • Fuel Allowance
  • Household Benefits Package
  • Living Alone Allowance
  • Working Family Payment

There are also two types of deductions that reduce the amount of household income considered:

  • A deduction of €5,000 applies for each member of the household who is under 18 years of age or under 23 years of age and in full time education or engaged in a SOLAS apprenticeship;
  • A deduction of €5,000 applies where the person for whom the grant aid is sought is being cared for by a relative on a full-time basis if a relative is caring full-time for the person who the grant is for.

 

What documents will be required as part of my application?

See below for an example of the works covered by each of the grants:

Grant Type

Examples of Works Covered

Housing Adaptation Grant for People with a Disability

  • A ramp or other ways to access your home
  • Grab rails
  • Bathroom facilities like an accessible shower or downstairs toilet
  • Stairlifts
  • Space for wheelchair access
  • An extension (typically for a bedroom and/or bathroom)

Mobility Aids Grant

  • Grab rails
  • Ramps
  • Accessible Showers
  • Stairlifts

Housing Aid for Older People Grant

Essential repairs or refurbishment, including the following:

  • Repair or replacement of roof
  • Upgrading of electrical wiring
  • Repair or replacement of windows or doors
  • Provision of central heating where there is no central heating or it is broken beyond economic repair
 
How long will it take for my grant to be approved?

The Council will endeavour to decide on each application as soon as possible and will make every effort to issue a provisional approval of a grant within six weeks following receipt of a fully completed and valid application.

Delays in issuing provisional approval can occur due to incomplete applications, incorrect or insufficient documentation being submitted or if major works are being carried out which require evidence of planning permission or a certificate of exemption under the Planning Acts.

Please note that applications which are missing key information will be returned.

Does the grant cover the VAT cost of the work?

The grant does not cover the VAT cost of the work, in the case of the Housing Adaptation Grant for People with a Disability and the Mobility Aids Grant. VAT can be reclaimed from Revenue after the work has been paid for. Please see https://www.revenue.ie/en/vat/accounting-for-vat/how-to-account-for-value-added-tax/how-do-you-complete-a-vat3-return.aspx for more information.

However, the VAT cost of the work is covered under the Housing Aid for Older People Grant.

How do I get Tax Clearance from Revenue?

If the grant application is for the sum of €10,000 or over, you will be required to provide evidence of tax clearance from Revenue. Information on how to apply for tax clearance can be found at https://www.revenue.ie/en/starting-a-business/tax-clearance/index.aspx.

Can I appeal the decision of the Local Authority?

If you are unhappy with the decision of the Council, you can appeal the decision in writing within three weeks of the date of the original decision, clearly outlining the reasons and grounds for appeal.  Appeals should be sent to the following address and will be assessed by an official who was not involved with the original assessment:

Private Grants Section - Housing Department

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council

County Hall

Marine Road

Dún Laoghaire

Co. Dublin

 

Every effort will be made to notify you of the decision on your appeal within six weeks of receipt of the appeal.

 

How much is the grant for?

The grant covers some of the cost of the work required, however, the amount of the grant depends on your household income for the previous year. The maximum grants available are as follows:

Grant Type

Maximum Grant Available

Minimum Grant Available

Housing Adaptation Grant for People with a Disability

€30,000 or 95% of the total approved cost of the work

€9,000 or 30% of the total approved cost of the work

Mobility Aids Grant

€6,000 or the total approved cost of the work (whichever is less)

N/A

Housing Aid for Older People Grant

€8,000 or 95% of the total approved cost of the work

€2,400 or 30% of the total approved cost of the work

 
How is income assessed?

Annual gross income from the previous tax year is used in assessing the household income in an application. This includes the following:

  • All the people living in the home aged 18 years or over (except for those in full-time education or engaged in a SOLAS apprenticeship that are under23 years of age)
  • The registered property owner (and their spouse if applicable) except if your home is one of the following:
    • Rented from a landlord with a current tenancy agreement registered with the Residential Tenancies Board in place
    • Provided by an Approved Housing Body
    • A communal residence

Some payments from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection are not considered when working out your household income (see below for further details).

What deductions and disregards can apply?

The following payments from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection are not considered in assessing your household income:

  • Carer’s Allowance/Benefit
  • Carer’s Support Grant
  • Child Benefit
  • Domiciliary Care Allowance
  • Foster Care Grant
  • Fuel Allowance
  • Household Benefits Package
  • Living Alone Allowance
  • Working Family Payment

There are also two types of deductions that reduce the amount of household income considered:

  • A deduction of €5,000 applies for each member of the household who is under 18 years of age or under 23 years of age and in full time education or engaged in a SOLAS apprenticeship;
  • A deduction of €5,000 applies where the person for whom the grant aid is sought is being cared for by a relative on a full-time basis if a relative is caring full-time for the person who the grant is for.
What documents will be required as part of my application?

A checklist for the documents to be sent in with your application is available on Page 20 of the Application Form.

Note: Your application will be delayed if the Application Form is not fully completed or documents are missing.

How long will it take for my grant to be approved?

The Council will endeavour to decide on each application as soon as possible and will make every effort to issue a provisional approval of a grant within six weeks following receipt of a fully completed and valid application.

Delays in issuing provisional approval can occur due to incomplete applications, incorrect or insufficient documentation being submitted or if major works are being carried out which require evidence of planning permission or a certificate of exemption under the Planning Acts.

Please note that applications which are missing key information will be returned.

Does the grant cover the VAT cost of the work?

The grant does not cover the VAT cost of the work, in the case of the Housing Adaptation Grant for People with a Disability and the Mobility Aids Grant. VAT can be reclaimed from Revenue after the work has been paid for. Please see https://www.revenue.ie/en/vat/accounting-for-vat/how-to-account-for-value-added-tax/how-do-you-complete-a-vat3-return.aspx for more information.

However, the VAT cost of the work is covered under the Housing Aid for Older People Grant.

How do I get Tax Clearance from Revenue?

If the grant application is for the sum of €10,000 or over, you will be required to provide evidence of tax clearance from Revenue. Information on how to apply for tax clearance can be found at https://www.revenue.ie/en/starting-a-business/tax-clearance/index.aspx.

Can I appeal the decision of the Local Authority?

If you are unhappy with the decision of the Council, you can appeal the decision in writing within three weeks of the date of the original decision, clearly outlining the reasons and grounds for appeal.  Appeals should be sent to the following address and will be assessed by an official who was not involved with the original assessment:

Private Grants Section - Housing Department

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council

County Hall

Marine Road

Dún Laoghaire

Co. Dublin

 

Every effort will be made to notify you of the decision on your appeal within six weeks of receipt of the appeal.

How much is the grant for?

The grant covers some of the cost of the work required, however, the amount of the grant depends on your household income for the previous year. The maximum grants available are as follows:

Grant Type

Maximum Grant Available

Minimum Grant Available

Housing Adaptation Grant for People with a Disability

€30,000 or 95% of the total approved cost of the work

€9,000 or 30% of the total approved cost of the work

Mobility Aids Grant

€6,000 or the total approved cost of the work (whichever is less)

N/A

Housing Aid for Older People Grant

€8,000 or 95% of the total approved cost of the work

€2,400 or 30% of the total approved cost of the work

 
What are the income limits?

The income limits differ depending on which grant you are applying for. If your household income from the previous tax year exceeds the below amounts after the applicable disregards and deductions are applied, you will not be considered eligible to receive a grant:

Grant Type

Household Income Limit

Housing Adaptation Grant for People with a Disability

€60,000

Mobility Aids Grant

€30,000

Housing Aid for Older People Grant

€60,000

 

 

What sort of works are covered by these grants?

See below for an example of the works covered by each of the grants:

Grant Type

Examples of Works Covered

Housing Adaptation Grant for People with a Disability

  • A ramp or other ways to access your home
  • Grab rails
  • Bathroom facilities like an accessible shower or downstairs toilet
  • Stairlifts
  • Space for wheelchair access
  • An extension (typically for a bedroom and/or bathroom)

Mobility Aids Grant

  • Grab rails
  • Ramps
  • Accessible Showers
  • Stairlifts

Housing Aid for Older People Grant

Essential repairs or refurbishment, including the following:

  • Repair or replacement of roof
  • Upgrading of electrical wiring
  • Repair or replacement of windows or doors
  • Provision of central heating where there is no central heating or it is broken beyond economic repair
 
What works are included under the scheme?

Ramps. Level Access Showers, Downstairs WC's, Grab Rails, Door Widenings, Stairlifts as well as other works necassary to allow the tenant with a disability to live safely in their home.

Do I need an Occupational Therapist Report?

Yes, the Council will arrange for an Occupational Therapist to complete an assessment of you in your home once we receive your application.

How long does the process take?

Minor alterations such as stairlifts and grab rails can be completed in a few weeks once we have the Occupational Therapists report.

We currently have a large volume of applications waiting for larger works such as bathrooms and ramps. It is not possible to say exactly how long an applicant will be waiting for works to be complete when they apply.

I have a disability but I'm not a Council tenant. Are there any grant schemes available to me?

Applicants living in privately owned properties can apply for a grant to have works doen under the following schemes:

- Housing Adaptation Grant for People with a Disability

- Mobility Aids Grant

More information can be found here: https://www.dlrcoco.ie/en/housing/apply-grant/adaptation-grants-privately-owned-homes

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