The Mobility Aids Grant Scheme provides grants for works designed to address mobility problems in the home, such as the purchase and installation of grab-rails, a level access shower, access ramps or a stair-lift. It is primarily for older people, but people with disability can also access the scheme.
Changes in 2014
Changes to 3 housing grant schemes were announced in January 2014 and came into effect immediately. The changes to the Mobility Aids Grant Scheme are:
The Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government is preparing revised guidelines for the 3 schemes.
The grant is available to people with a maximum household income less than €30,000.
The grant can be paid to people in:
Your application will be prioritised based on medical need. Highest priority will be given to people who are terminally ill or where alterations/adaptions would facilitate discharge from hospital. When the local authority receives your application, it may request an Occupational Therapist's (OT) assessment. The local authority can arrange for an OT assessment, but you can employ an OT to carry out an assessment and recoup up to €200 as part of the total grant up to the maximum you are entitled to.
Your total household income is assessed to find out if you qualify for the grant and at what level of assistance.
Household income is:
The following is not taken into account when calculating your household income:
If you intend to pay more than €650 to a contractor, you must get your contractor to submit their C2/Tax Clearance Certificate to the local authority.
You must provide evidence that the Local Property Tax on the house has been paid.
It is expected that the work will start within 6 months of your grant approval.
The maximum grant available is €6,000 and may cover 100% of the cost of the work.
If you have a question relating to this topic you can contact the Citizens Information Phone Service on 0761 07 4000 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm) or you can visit your local Citizens Information Centre.