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Could this thread be placed as a sticky as it is useful information for applicants going through the grant application with Motability.
As requested by Trev the Moderator I am starting a thread about applying for a grant with Motability.
Here are some posts that have been posted on another thread.
July 21, 2018 at 8:18 pm #56868 Reply
Motability grant form arrived yesterday, and filled out this morning, here’s hoping they approve the grant for the Karoq 1.6 TDI DSG SEL.
uly 23, 2018 at 10:14 am #56931 Reply
Form sent back to Motability this morning. We now have to wait up to four week for a case worker to be appointed. So hopefully they will approve our grant.
July 23, 2018 at 10:49 am #56935 Reply
I have never investigated grants. Can I just ask, are they all means tested or can you apply for one if, for example, your disability means that you have no choice but to drive an auto which, as we all know, are a lot more expensive?
July 23, 2018 at 10:56 am #56938 Reply
They are means tested Glos –
Motability may be able to provide charitable grants to disabled people who would otherwise be unable to afford the Scheme vehicle, adaptations or driving lessons they need. Our funding is limited and therefore we can only help those most in need. We means test all applications and any help we give is always towards the best value solution to help you cope with your mobility needs.
July 23, 2018 at 11:05 am #56941 Reply
Thanks Trev. I notice that they make no mention of what figures they consider to be the maximum ‘wealth’ for a grant, nor whether a partners financial situation is considered. Do they provide this info if you contact them? I would be interested to know what, if any, set figures they use to determine the criteria for a grant.
July 23, 2018 at 11:30 am #56942 Reply
I very much doubt they will Glos, it will be the usual ‘we assess each claim on its individual merits‘ I expect. The above is only what I found online, I’m not even sure if you have to be in receipt of a means tested benefit to qualify.
I’ve been fortunate that i’ve always been able to find a car that suits our needs with little or nil AP, so haven’t applied for a grant myself.
LB has posted what he’s been asked to provide, so it looks like they scrutinise applicants quite rigorously to ensure it only goes to those who are unable to afford the AP for a suitable vehicle…. this again is evident of the means tested.
From what i have read online from other applicants feedback is that if you do get an award, and there are cheaper alternatives to what you say you want, they may ask you to test drive the alternative and it’s for the motability specialist at that dealership to come back to the grants team to say why it doesn’t suit their needs…. now i stress that is what i read from one person’s feedback, it may not be the case, but i don’t find that unreasonable if it is.
The grants team also have mobile specialist that may visit you to see your disabilities for themselves to help assess the best vehicle for you.
I certainly don’t see the grants process as cut n dry, for anyone applying it is in their benefit to look at the cheaper vehicles to see what meets their requirements, working their way up the AP scale till something suits perfect and apply for that vehicle giving evidence in your application of the research you have done.
There may be a need for options to be added i.e heated seats, and they will look if it’s cheaper to go the next trim up if those options come as standard – whatever is the cheapest route, that’s the way the grant works.
Sorry, rambling again…. and as i stress not from a personal opinion as i don’t have one, but from what i’ve read online.
I will finish with one doubt though – it has been said many times from people who have been awarded a grant that they can top-up that grant by 50% of the award value, e.g if you are awarded £1000 you can add £500 of your own money…. I don’t think that is right, in that if you can afford to top-up your grant award by a certain sum, then I would question if the means tested part of the application has been adhered to.
July 23, 2018 at 12:15 pm #56944 Reply
You are mostly correct with this. your paragraph:
“From what i have read online from other applicants feedback is that if you do get an award, and there are cheaper alternatives to what you say you want, they may ask you to test drive the alternative and it’s for the motability specialist at that dealership to come back to the grants team to say why it doesn’t suit their needs…. now i stress that is what i read from one person’s feedback, it may not be the case, but i don’t find that unreasonable if it is”.
This is what happened in the past to my wife, when she wanted a Renault Modus she was knocked down by Motability, and given a choice of three different vehicles, one of which she needed to take, otherwise she was not allowed onto the scheme.
As for your final paragraph:
“I will finish with one doubt though – it has been said many times from people who have been awarded a grant that they can top-up that grant by 50% of the award value, e.g if you are awarded £1000 you can add £500 of your own money…. I don’t think that is right, in that if you can afford to top-up your grant award by a certain sum, then I would question if the means tested part of the application has been adhered to”.
The application form in Section C Household Income, the first question is ” How much, if anything, can you (or those able to help you) contribute towards the cost of your vehicle and adaptations?
If you can contribute, Please tell us below how much you would fund this in the box below.
Then in Bold is the following statement;
Please note that any funds not declared, which you later add to any grant we provide, may result in your grant being reduced or withdrawn entirely.
So with that statement both my wife and I are of the opinion is that you have to accept or reject the grant, as it is not possible to add to the grant.
It may have been possible in the past, but we think that the system has been abused in the past so Motability charity have tightened up the criteria, quite rightly so.
July 23, 2018 at 3:37 pm #56963 Reply
Thanks for clarifying that LB, it’s fantastic to get feedback from someone who has first hand knowledge of the system. And it may help other members who read this in the future.
We may have to start a new thread on the Grant process as we’ve gone off topic here and the information will soon be hidden. If you would like to create a new thread on the subject with your knowledge of how the process works, please feel free to do so.
Hopefully you will have success with your current application, and you get the Karoq.
July 23, 2018 at 11:00 am #56940 Reply
Hi Glos Guy
They are all means tested, so if like us on PIP, Income support, Carers allowance, Housing benefit and council tax benefit, you have to provide evidence of benefit income, and all bank accounts including any savings and investments, which we have none.
Motability Charity which is the part of the group that supply the grant, state that it has limited funds and that any grants required for the AP or adaptations will go to those persons that most need it, so therefore they have to means test any grant application.
Hopefully this info will be helpful to anyone who intends to apply for a grant from Motability.