Help with grants for extensions
Posted 11 May 2006 - 01:07 PM
Does anyone know what this grant is?
Posted 11 May 2006 - 01:51 PM
You also need to be below a certain level of income this varies slightly from council to council.
We had to pay for everything.
Posted 11 May 2006 - 02:02 PM
Think you may be talking about the Disabled Facilities Grant. It was announced last year that the means test was to be abolished, for grants up to ?25 K. You will need to contact Social Services to begin the process.
Try the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign website.....www.muscular-dystrophy.org It has lots of advice about who you can contact for various grants for children who have a disability, and also goes into more specific detail about the DFG.
Edited by Bagpuss, 11 May 2006 - 02:04 PM.
Posted 11 May 2006 - 05:17 PM
Thanks for the info, I'll pass it on.
Posted 11 May 2006 - 09:00 PM
Don't know if eveyone has had the same hassle as me.We applied to the OT for the grand and she came out forms to fill in etc ..... then she put us in touch with the Child Diability services who sent a social worker more forms to fill in.Then the OT rung to say she needed back up evidence and told us Clinical Physcologist would be coming more forms.Any way still not heard anything but this just could be because we wanted the room because Char doesn't sleep and keeps the whole house awake it probably isn't seen as prority.We applied for a bedroom extention don't hold out much hope.
Posted 11 May 2006 - 09:20 PM
I know people with MD who have applied for grant and it has taken years to actually get anything done Very long process in some cases unfortunately. Hope you hear something soon.
Posted 12 May 2006 - 08:28 AM
December 2004 - saw OT who told us although she could see a room was needed however as there was limited funds we were unlikely to get grant as our son is not physically disabled. Half-hearted letter sent to grants people anyway.
January - grant immediately refused unless we can provide more information.
- letter received from CAFTs stating urgency on safety issue because of meltdowns.
- visit from grants department to see for themselves why it should be a mandatory grant. Saw the effects of son's AS on the family as son happily whizzed around the house on a scooter and he saw the medical reports. Moved to mandatory grant immediatly on safety issues ( he shared a room with sibling and had frequent meltdowns as he had no space of his own). We also explained why we couldn't pay for it ourselves, drop in income due to care needs.
February - visit from department that was taking over the build of the extension ( these people were heaven sent as we only had to sign a couple of forms they did everything else for us.
August 2005 - room started to be built
October 2005 - son moved in Hurray!!!
So in all it was about a year which is what we were told in the first place.
Good luck to anyone wishing to apply and I would say don't be put off if it appears unlikely in the first place, often it is because of a real lack of understanding as to what it can be like for children with Autism and their families. We were lucky enough to have a grants department willing to listen.
Posted 12 May 2006 - 12:39 PM
We really need sleep
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