Housing financial assistance

Disabled Facilities Grant

If you have a disability, you can apply for a Disabled Facilities Grant funded by the District Council. Disabled Facilities Grants are available to homeowners, private tenants, or those occupying properties owned by a registered provider e.g. a housing association.

Disabled Facilities Grants can be given for works such as the following:

  • Providing access to your property;
  • Installing a stair lift;
  • Converting a bathroom to a level access shower room; or,
  • Providing a wheelchair accessible kitchen.

Before applying for a grant an Occupational Therapist must first assess your needs. If you do not already have an Occupational Therapist please contact either by phoning 01243 642121 or go to  WSCC Adult Care Point

Once the council has received a recommendation for adaptation works from your Occupational Therapist, and if you are in receipt of a means tested benefit you can submit an application for a grant. However, if you are not in receipt of a means tested benefit you must first complete a means test questionnaire and send it to the Environmental Housing Team at Chichester District Council, and depending upon the outcome you may be asked to contribute towards the cost of the works. Please note that children under 16 years or in full time education up to the age of 19 are eligible for a full grant and are not required to be means tested.

It is important to note that before adaptation works are approved, they must be assessed by an officer within the Environmental Housing Team to determine that they are reasonable and practicable.

Home Repair Assistance

If you have lived in your own property for more than a year, it is your main residence and you have responsibility for maintenance and repairs, you may qualify for Home Repairs Assistance.

The funding is available to those who are on a low income or on a means tested benefit. Applicants must either be in receipt of a means tested benefit, Disabled Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment OR the household income is less than £20,000 pa and the applicant has less than £16,000 in savings.

The works considered suitable for funding are those which could lead to the resolution of a serious health and safety hazard in the home. The way in which a serious health and safety hazard is defined is by an Environmental Housing Officer having determined that at least one category one hazard exists under the "Housing Health and Safety Rating System"

The funding can be up to £30,000 for a permanent dwelling or £3000 for a residential park home. The funding will be registered as a land charge and be repayable upon sale of the property or if the property is no longer used as the applicant's main dwelling.

There are further conditions which apply, but for information, please contact the Environmental Housing Team.

 Energy efficiency grants and discounts

There are a number of organisations, including the Government and energy companies, who can provide grants or discounts to help you. The schemes are various and the terms and conditions periodically change. However, we have home energy specialist in our Wellbeing team who should be able to advise you on which scheme may be applicable and should always be the first port of call. Contact our Home Energy Visitors on 01243 521041. Further information can be found on the energy efficiency page.

The Chichester Warm Homes Initiative

This is an additional and exclusive local scheme offered via the Council which may be able to help if the other sources of funding have for some reason not been found to be applicable.

Home owners and private sector tenants on a low income or certain means tested benefits can apply for funding for a whole house efficient heating system where they are in fuel poverty or suffering a Category 1 hazard for excess cold under the Housing Health and Safety Rating System.

The funding is available to those who are on a low income or on a means tested benefit. Applicants must either be in receipt of a means tested benefit, Disabled Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment OR the household income is less than £20,000 pa and the applicant has less than £16,000 in savings

The funding can be up to £5000 (or £8000 in areas where gas is not available). Landlords have to pay the first £1000 in the case of a tenant being funded.

The cost of the works is registered as a land charge and is repayable upon sale of the property.

There are further conditions which apply.

For more information and to apply, residents should contact the Chichester Wellbeing Team on 01243 521041 and ask to speak to their energy advisors, Jo Williamson or Emma Pagett or email info@chichesterwellbeing.org.uk.

Landlord accreditation assistance

Landlords owning a property within Chichester District Council area may wish to join the Chichester and Arun Landlord Accreditation Scheme.

Landlords who apply to join the scheme are eligible for Landlord Accreditation Assistance, which provides financial assistance towards the cost of a wide range of works required to meet the Accreditation Scheme standards.

In order to join the scheme, landlords must complete an application form, which can be found within the Landlord Accreditation Scheme Standards booklet, which is available online. As part of the application form landlords must list all their properties and confirm they will accredit all their privately rented properties within the Chichester & Arun districts within a reasonable timescale.

Once an application has been received the Council will arrange to inspect the property and identify any required works. If necessary a schedule of works for the items eligible for Landlords Accreditation Assistance will be compiled. The landlord may then use this schedule to obtain at least two competitive quotes for each item.

Landlord Accreditation Assistance is provided at a rate of 50% of the total cost of the eligible works, up to a maximum of £4000 throughout any 5 year period. Financial assistance is available towards the cost of the majority of works required to meet the scheme standards. However portable items such as fire blankets and battery powered carbon monoxide detectors, etc. are not included.

Empty Homes Assistance

If you own a house that has been empty for more than a year, and requires works to meet the Chichester Landlord Accreditation Standards you can apply for financial assistance. The amount available is 100% of the cost of works, up to a maximum of £10,000. Conditions include:

  • property must be let through the Council's Homefinder Gold Scheme
  • works cannot be part of an insurance claim
  • the property must be at least 10 years old
  • works must be completed within 12 months of assistance being approved
  • following the works being done, we select the tenants for the next 10 years