Housing grants are provided to facilitate the continued independent occupancy of their own homes by older people and persons with a disability. Roscommon County Council has prepared a brief description of the two available Housing Grants Schemes below, which reflect the maximum amounts payable by the Council.
- All grant applications will be assessed on a case-specific basis
- Prioritisation of eligibility will be on the basis of medical need, the type of work to be undertaken and the urgency and necessity of the identified works
- Approval of a grant is subject to finance being available to meet the grant
- No funding will be granted where works have commenced in advance of the grant being approved
Housing Adaptation Grant
The Housing Adaptation Grant for People with a Disability is available to assist in the carrying out of works which are reasonably necessary for the purposes of rendering a house more suitable for the accommodation of a person with a disability (including any enduring physical, sensory, mental health or intellectual impairment). The types of works allowable under the scheme include the provision of access ramps, downstairs toilet facilities, stair lifts, accessible showers, adaptations to facilitate wheelchair access, and any other works which are considered necessary.
If annual household income is less than €30,000, 95% of the cost of the works (up to the maximum grant amount of €30,000) could be grant aided. The proportion of the costs to be grant aided will be tapered from 95% down to 30%, for those with annual household incomes of €50,001 to €60,000.
Housing Aid For Older People
The Housing Aid for Older People Scheme is available to assist people aged 66 years or over, living in poor housing conditions, to have essential repairs or improvements carried out. The grant can only be paid to people in Owner-occupied housing. The types of works grant aided under the Scheme include structural repairs or improvements e.g. re-roofing, re-wiring, the provision of central heating (where none exists), and any other repair or improvement work considered necessary.
If annual household income is less than €30,000, 95% of the cost of the works (up to the maximum grant amount of €8,000) could be grant aided. The proportion of the costs to be grant aided will be tapered from 95% down to 30% for those with annual household incomes of €50,001 to €60,000.
Claim for Refund of Value Added Tax ( VAT) on Aid and Appliances for use by People with Disabilities
Value-Added Tax ( VAT), charged and paid within the Republic of Ireland, may be reclaimed on certain aids and appliances for use by persons with disabilities. The relief applies to VAT on the purchase of goods which are aids and appliances designed to assist a person with disabilities to overcome his or her disability in the performance of daily functions or in the exercise of a vocation.
For further information, refer to Information Leaflet below or contact Revenue on 1890 30 67 06 or (01) 7023050.