Financial help available to residents.
Safer homes assistance
Safer home grants and loans are available to provide help with the cost of work to make homes safer, healthier and warmer. Further information is available in the factsheet below.
Safer Home Grants: Aimed at vulnerable households on lower income who otherwise may not be able to afford to complete essential improvements to their home. Up to £10,000 is available towards the cost of works to make homes safe and healthy places to live.
Safer Home Loans: The Council also works in partnership with Wessex Resolutions Community Interest Company to provide low interest loans to home owners so they can fund essential home improvements. The aim of the loan scheme is to assist households, especially those who have limited access to finance, to be able to affordably fund improvements to their home so that it provides a safe and healthy place to live, as well as renewable energy installations.
Empty homes assistance
Grants and loans are available to owners of homes that have been empty for at least 6 months so they can undertake essential repairs to bring properties back into use. Grants are available so homes can be occupied by the owner or rented out to tenants. Council loans can also be accessed to top up grants where further funding is needed.
Our Empty Homes web page provides more information on bringing empty homes back into use.
Disabled Facilities Grant
Disabled Facilities Grants (DFGs) are available to help people with disabilities remain living safely and independently in their own homes by providing adaptations or specialist equipment. DFGs are typically used to fund stairlifts and level access showers as well as conversions and extensions.
Applicants need to contact Somerset Direct on 0300 123 2224 and request an Occupational Therapist Assessment. The Occupational Therapist will assess the disabled persons needs and where most appropriate, refer them to Mendip District Council for a DFG.
Bulk buy fuel loan
Up to £500 interest free is available to help eligible households spread the cost of buying fuel such as oil, LPG, coal and wood.
Help to Buy
Help to Buy South offers affordable options to purchase or rent a home. For further information, and to apply for Help to Buy schemes go to the Help To Buy South website.
For further information contact:
Private Sector Housing for general advice and more information on grants: Email email@example.com or phone 01749 341490.