A variety of FREE home improvement grants are available:
Safe and Warm grants up to £7,500 are available to Carlisle home owners who need work such as new heating or repairs, energy efficiency measures, work to rectify hazards or other improvements to their home to help keep them safe, warm and healthy.
You can apply if a member of your household has a health condition, is a carer, aged over 50 or on a low income. You do not necessarily have to be in receipt of welfare benefits to qualify and we will consider all applications.
Home improvements can include central heating systems, insulation, electrical upgrades and replacement doors and windows. Deep cleans of properties can also be funded. The aims are to minimise the effects of poor health, to help people remain independent in their homes and to prevent hospital admissions. If you are admitted to hospital and need work to help you return home safely you will be eligible to apply.
Minor Measure grants up to £500 are also available which can be used for free key-safes, electrical condition reports and various minor repairs and measures that help with home safety and health.
FREE Gas Safety grants up to £500 are available to provide preventative services that address risks to health caused by dangerous gas work and appliances. Funded by the Gas Safe Charity, Homelife Carlisle offer FREE gas appliance servicing for boilers, cookers, water heaters and fires, gas repairs and replacements and carry out gas safety checks through their approved contractors. Grants are up to £500 and are available to all Carlisle home owners who are either 21 years of age or older and are disabled or are aged 60 years of age or older and receive means-tested benefit whilst funding lasts.
To find out more about both grant schemes, visit www.carlisle.gov.uk/homelife
Email [email protected] or call 01228 817111.
Help towards independent living
Disabled Facility Grants (DFGs) are available to pay for adaptations such as stairlifts, level access showers and ramps to support people with disabilities to live more independently in their homes. Grants of up to £30,000 are available.
Carlisle City Council can help you get an Occupational Therapist (OT) report from Cumbria County Council Adult Social Care or from a private OT service where necessary. It is necessary to complete a “means test” in most cases unless the aids and adaptations are necessary for a child or the applicant receives certain benefits. Where a contribution is required we will investigate alternative support funds.
If you are interested, please call 01228 817320.