Grants for older people and those with a disability are now available after a recent funding allocation was announced by the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government to Meath County Council.
This is an increase of €200,000 compared to last year’s funding allocation, meaning there is €2.7 million of funds for Meath home adaptations.
Grants of up to €30,000 are available for adaptations to homes for those with a physical, sensory, mental health or intellectual disability.
Up to €8,000 is available to assist older people for necessary repairs or improvements on their homes and grants of up to €6,000 are available for mobility aids.
“This funding is critical to ensure older and vulnerable members of our community remain at home and enable them to make modifications such as level access showers, stair lifts and access ramps,” TD Thomas Byrne said on the funding allocation.
“This grant has proven extremely popular over the years and I would strongly encourage any older person who may need such work carried out to apply,” Byrne continued.
“These grants are funded 80% from the central exchequer and 20% from the budget of the local authority.”
If you are applying for a housing adaptation grant for a disability or movement aid, it does not cover the VAT cost of the work, but You can get it back from revenue after work is paid for. Tax clearance is also necessary for any grants worth over €10,000.
Applications can be found on the Meath County Council website.