- Who is responsible for finding a contractor or supplier?
The applicant must engage a builder or supplier to do the work or supply a stairlift for example.
Who pays the Contractor?
The grant applicant must find a contractor or supplier as appropriate and must pay them. Deposits etc are a matter between the applicant and the contractor/supplier. Grants are paid to the applicant on completion of the work and on satisfactory inspection by the Council. Grants will not be paid if the work is not done in accordance with the standard specifications, the OT report and/or any other conditions stipulated in the grant approval letter. The grant is paid electronically into the applicant’s bank account.
Applicants may claim back the VAT which they have paid to a contractor or supplier where it relates to works or supply of equipment in connection with disability. For this reason, grants are VAT exclusive. The Council will supply the applicant with the appropriate Revenue form so that the applicant may claim VAT back from the Revenue Commissioners but it is up to the applicant to pursue this with Revenue.
Tax Clearance Certificates
All contractors and suppliers used by grant applicants must have Tax Clearance.
Applicants also must have Tax Clearance when the grant amount paid to them in one year exceeds €10,000. It is up to the applicant to deal with this themselves. This point is often overlooked by applicants and will delay payment of the grant if Tax Clearance is not in order.
- I don’t own the dwelling I’m living in – can I still get a grant?
Yes. If you are living in a private rented dwelling (i.e. you pay rent to a private landlord) or a dwelling owned by an Approved Housing Body (e.g. Threshold, Respond, etc) you can apply for a grant.
Please note that the Council does not give grants for appliances (e.g. portable hoists) – the HSE should be contacted in relation to Appliances. Anything which is not part of the structure of the house or not bolted or screwed to it, is considered to be an appliance.
It is our policy to prioritise Delayed Discharges. This means any applicant who is currently occupying a hospital bed but whose treatment is now complete but cannot be discharged until appropriate adaptations are made in their home. If we are made aware of such cases, we will liaise with the hospital to facilitate rapid processing of the grant. In such cases the Hospital’s own OT department may supply a report and provide input into the required adaptations.