Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien TD, has today (1 March 2021) announced a €75m fund for Housing Adaptation Grants for Older People and People with a Disability.

The fund, which supports home adaptations for older people, those with a disability and people with mobility issues, is 80% exchequer funding through the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, with 20% funding from the relevant local authority.

Grants of up to €30,000 are available to assist people with a disability in carrying out necessary works to make a house more suitable for their needs, up to €8,000 to assist older people to have necessary repairs or improvements carried out and up to €6,000 for mobility aids. 

Commenting Minister O’Brien said, “I am delighted to be in a position to allocate increased funding to each local authority so that they can continue to support older people and those with a disability to live independently.

“Importantly, home adaptations help reduce the dependency on our health services by supporting independent living for as long as possible and in other instances facilitate an early return from hospital, taking pressure off already over-burdened services. 

“These grants will also provide a boost to local economies, creating employment opportunities for local contractors. While the current shutdown in construction activity remains in place, it is very important that people are aware that housing adaptation works can continue with the consent of the homeowner and once public health guidelines are adhered to,” he concluded.

Local Authority EXCHEQUER FUNDING (80%) LA FUNDING (20%) COMBINED TOTAL
Carlow

€1,284,618

€321,155

€1,605,773

Cavan

€1,215,334

€303,834

€1,519,168

Clare

€1,791,704

€447,926

€2,239,630

Cork City

€1,809,344

€452,336

€2,261,680

Cork County

€4,732,906

€1,183,227

€5,916,133

Donegal

€1,406,604

€351,651

€1,758,255

Dublin City

€6,869,642

€1,717,411

€8,587,053

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown

€2,138,457

€534,614

€2,673,071

Fingal

€2,743,122

€685,781

€3,428,903

Galway City

€923,069

€230,767

€1,153,836

Galway County

€2,336,383

€584,096

€2,920,479

Kerry

€2,110,112

€527,528

€2,637,640

Kildare

€2,529,830

€632,458

€3,162,288

Kilkenny

€1,560,011

€390,003

€1,950,014

Laois

€1,010,995

€252,749

€1,263,744

Leitrim

€452,679

€113,170

€565,849

Limerick City & County

€2,754,000

€688,500

€3,442,500

Longford

€663,881

€165,970

€829,851

Louth

€1,511,984

€377,996

€1,889,980

Mayo

€2,587,133

€646,783

€3,233,916

Meath

€2,033,466

€508,367

€2,541,833

Monaghan

€1,028,980

€257,245

€1,286,225

Offaly

€1,095,044

€273,761

€1,368,805

Roscommon

€952,314

€238,079

€1,190,393

Sligo

€1,140,438

€285,110

€1,425,548

South Dublin

€2,340,425

€585,106

€2,925,531

Tipperary

€2,617,436

€654,359

€3,271,795

Waterford City & County

€1,662,000

€415,500

€2,077,500

Westmeath

€1,134,657

€283,664

€1,418,321

Wexford

€2,001,272

€500,318

€2,501,590

Wicklow

€1,562,160

€390,540

€1,952,700

Total:

€60,000,000

€15,000,000

€75,000,000