Who is eligible to apply for a Mobility Aids Grant?
The Mobility Aids Grant Scheme provides grants for works designed to address mobility problems in the home, primarily but not exclusively, associated with ageing - such as the purchase and installation of grab-rails, a level access shower, access ramps or a stair-lift.
The grant can be paid to people in:
- Owner-occupied housing
- Houses being purchased from a local authority under the Tenant Purchase Scheme
- Private rented accommodation (the duration of your tenancy can affect grant approval)
- Accommodation provided under the voluntary housing Capital Assistance and Rental Subsidy schemes
- Accommodation occupied by persons living in communal residences.
Your application will be prioritised based on medical need. Highest priority will be given to people who are terminally ill or where alterations/adaptions would facilitate discharge from hospital. When the local authority receives your application, it may request an Occupational Therapist's (OT) assessment. The local authority can arrange for an OT assessment, but you can employ an OT to carry out an assessment and recoup up to €200 as part of the total grant up to the maximum you are entitled to.
What types of works are possible under a Mobility Aids Grant?
The installation of:
- Grab Rails;
- Access Ramps;
- Level Access Showers;
- Stair Lifts;
- Other minor works deemed necessary to facilitate the mobility needs of a member of a household
Is the application for Mobility Aids Grant means tested?
Yes, the grant is means tested.
Your total household income is assessed to find out if you qualify for the grant and at what level of assistance.
Household income is:
- Property owner's (tenant's in the case of private renting) and spouse's/partner's annual gross income in the previous tax year
- Income of any other adults living in the household - aged over 23 years (or aged over 18 and not in full-time education)
In determining gross household income local authorities shall apply the following income disregards:
- €5,000 for each member of the household aged up to age 18 years if in full time education;
- €5,000 for each member of the household aged between 18 and 23 years and in full time education or engaged in a FAS apprenticeship;
- €5,000 where the person with a disability for whom the application for grant aid is sought, is being cared for by a relative on a full-time basis;
- Child Benefit;
- Early Childcare Supplement;
- Family Income Supplement;
- Domiciliary Care Allowance;
- Respite Care Grant;
- Foster Care Allowance;
- Fuel Allowance.
- Carer's Benefit / Allowance (where the Carer's payment is made in respect of the persons for whom the application for grant aid is sought);
What amount of a grant can I expect to receive?
The maximum grant under this scheme is €6,000 or 100% of the cost of the works - whichever is the lesser. This grant is not available where household income exceeds €30,000.
Where is the application form for the Mobility Aids Grant?
- Download Application Form for the Mobility Aids Grant [English]
- Download Application Form for the Mobility Aids Grant [Irish]