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Grants and Loans

Disabled Facilities Grant

If you are disabled and want to live safely in your home, we may be able to provide a grant for adaptations.  Typical works can include a stair-lift, replacing a bath with a level access shower, widening doorways, installing a ramp.

Firstly you will need to contact Care Direct on telephone number 0345 1551 007 or email csc.caredirect@devon.gov.uk and they will assess your needs by sending an Occupational Therapist to visit you in your home who may recommend certain adaptations that could benefit you.  The recommendation (Statement of Need) will be sent to us, we will then make contact with you.

If you are a social housing tenant your landlord may be able to assist with the adaptation of your home. We  advise to contact them first to see what help they can offer.

An assessment of your financial situation will be made by the Council. This means test will determine whether you are required to make a financial contribution towards the cost of the works.

The maximum amount of grant available is £30,000

NB: The Disabled Facilities Grants budget is a mandatory grant, and the funding provided is limited.  Depending on the number of referrals we receive you may by placed on a waiting list.  If this situation occurs, you will be notified in writing, by the Council indicating the likely waiting period.

Emergency Repairs Grant

This grant is aimed at helping homeowner-occupiers to carry out minor emergency repairs to their homes such as a stair lift repair or a boiler repair.

The maximum amount of grant available is £500.00

To qualify, you must be in receipt of one or more of the following benefits;

  • Pension Credit (guaranteed)
  • Income Support
  • Income based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Housing Benefit
  • Council Tax Support
  • Disability Living Allowance
  • Working and or Child Tax Credit (which must include the Disability Element)

For further information, or to apply, please contact the Housing Renewal Team on: (01237) 428700 or e-mail: housing.renewal@torridge.gov.uk

Home Repairs Assistance

If your home is in need of essential repairs and you can't afford to get it done, you can apply for a Home Repairs Assistance loan.  Low interest loans to owner-occupiers are administered on behalf of the Council by Wessex Resolutions CIC, a not-for-profit company.

The maximum amount of loan available is currently £15,000 (subject to affordability).

You must have been resident at your property for 3 or more years, or to have been resident in the Torridge area for at least 10 years out of the last 15 years.

Wessex Home Improvement Loan

For further information, or to apply, please contact the Housing Renewal Team on: (01237) 428700 or e-mail: housing.renewal@torridge.gov.uk

Empty Homes Assistance

Torridge District Council is committed to bringing long-term empty homes back into use.  Offering support, advice and financial assistance to enable and assist owners to turn empty properties back into residential accommodation for letting, whilst complying to the current Decent Homes Standard in line with current Government regulations.

  • Do you own an empty property in good repair but don't know whether to sell or rent?
  • Are you a property developer looking for opportunities to turn empty properties into profit?
  • Have you recently inherited a property that is standing empty but are unsure of the next steps to filling it?
  • Are you aware of a property left standing empty and want something done?

  Support and advice is available .

pdf icon TDC Empty Homes Advice and Loans Information [57kb]

For further information, or to apply, please contact the Housing Renewal Team on: (01237) 428700 or email: housing.renewal@torridge.gov.uk

Financial assistance with a deposit and rent in advance

Homeless or threatened with homelessness

If you are homeless or threatened with homelessness and working with the Housing Options Team, you may be offered financial assistance with a deposit and/or rent in advance for a suitable property. The help you can receive will depend on your circumstances and may be an interest free loan or a grant.

If you are homeless or threatened with homelessness and not already receiving help from the Council please visit Homeless or threatened with homelessness? for more information on how the Council can help you.

Discretionary Housing Payment

If you are not homeless or under the threat of homelessness, but require financial assistance with a deposit and/or rent in advance you can apply for a Discretionary Housing Payment if you are in receipt of housing benefit or the housing element of Universal Credit.

These payments are discretionary, so there is no guarantee that your application will be successful.

For more information on Discretionary Housing Payments please visit Discretionary Payment Scheme.