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There may be a number of ways in which you can access financial and practical help to repair, maintain or improve your home whether you are a social tenant, private tenant or owner occupier.
These grants and schemes are delivered by many agencies (public, private and voluntary sector) and vary in their aims and objectives. Please, email us if you wish us to include other grants and schemes applicable to older people in Northern Ireland.
Home Improvement Grants Scheme
A funding shortfall due to the property crash has meant that the Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE) has had to curtail its grant funding dramatically. For further information on the remaining Home Improvement Grants, visit the NIHE website.
The Boiler Replacement Scheme
The boiler replacement scheme helps owner occupiers to improve the energy efficiency of their homes. The scheme is open to owner occupiers whose household income is less than £40,000 and who have an inefficient boiler of at least 15 years old.
The Boiler Replacement Scheme is open to owner occupiers with a household income of less than £40,000.
Support in a crisis
Community Care Grants and Crisis Loans that were available under the Social Fund have now ended and they have been replaced by Discretionary Support and a Short Term Benefit Advance.
You can still apply for a Budgeting Loan.
You can contact our freephone helpline on 0800 915 4604 if you need more information regarding the changes to the Social Fund.
The B&Q Diamond Card
B&Q offer a 10% discount every Wednesday to people over the age of 60 who have their Diamond Card. Membership is free. This will come in handy if you need to repair your home or even if you just enjoy a spot of D.I.Y. You can find more information here.