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Flood Recovery Funding

England - Flood Resilient Grants

Flood Resilience Grants of up to £5000 are available to property owners whose houses or businesses have been affected by Storm Desmond and Storm Eva.  The grants help fund flood resilience measures (over and above regular like-for-like repairs) to help protect against or reduce the impact of future flood events (help prevent flood water entering the property and/or speed recovery if it does).

The Business Emergency Resilience Group (BERG) has been working with the UK Government to develop the mechanism for accessing the Property Level Resilience Grants. BERG has consulted with insurance industry colleagues about the Property Level Resilience Grant Application Form.

The Property Level Resilience Grants are administered locally. Householders and small business owners affected by Storms Desmond and Storm Eva should contact their local authority about accessing the grant. Grants are for measures which improve the property’s resilience or resistance to flooding, over and above repairs that would normally be covered by insurance. Properties that are uninsured are also eligible for the grant if reinstatement improves resilient to future storm events.

How to apply

Local authorities are running the UK Flood Assistance Scheme. You can contact your local authority directly, to apply for the funding.

You can also find out more by visiting one of our dedicated information units at the locations below.

Cockermouth

Address: Wakefield St Car Park, Cockermouth, CA13 0HR
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 09:00 – 18:00
Tel: 01900 512139

Lancaster

Address: Cable St Car Park, Lancaster, LA1 1HD
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 09:00 – 18:00
Tel: 01524 237190

Kendal

Address: ASDA Car Park, Burton, Kendal, LA9 7JA
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 09:00 – 18:00
Tel: 01539 769057

Property Level Resilience Grant Application Form

Supporting information

Property Level Flood Resilience Local Authority Guidance

Practitioners Handbook

National Flood Forum – the National Flood Forum sets out a step-by-step process and links to a wide range of other information sources, which list a range of flood products and service providers.

Local Growth Hubs - businesses should contact Local Growth Hubs for more information on getting the business support, as follows:

Cumbria - Growth Hub contacts for Cumbria: telephone: 0844 257 8450 or email info@cumbriagrowthhub.co.uk

Greater Manchester - Growth Hub contacts for Greater Manchester: telephone: 0161 359 3050 or email info@businessgrowthhub.com

Lancashire - Growth Hub contacts for Lancashire: telephone: 0800 488 0057 or visit www.boostbusinesslancashire.co.uk

Leeds City Region - Growth Hub contacts for Leeds City Region: telephone: 0113 348 1818 or email businessgrowth@the-lep.com

North East - Growth Hub for the North East including Northumberland: visit http://negrowthhub.co.uk

York, North Yorkshire and East Riding - Growth Hub contacts for York, North Yorkshire and East Riding: telephone: 0300 456 3565 or email enquiries@businessinspiredgrowth.com

Further funding

Government support - full details of support available from government and local councils for recovery from the flooding during winter 2015 to 2016 can be found here.

Scotland – Flood Grants

The Scottish Government  has announced  funding for those affected by severe flooding events that have taken place since July 2015.  Local authorities are able to provide a grant of £1,500 to every household, business or community group directly affected by flooding.  The definition of households includes farmhouses, and the definition of business premises includes farm buildings such as grain stores etc, but not empty sheds or other buildings where there was no real impact to the farm business.

Guidance has been provided to local authorities in relation to the grants - attached here.  It will be for individual local authorities to decide whether a property is eligible for grant based on the level of evidence they deem sufficient to prove inundation has taken place.

Only those properties which were directly affected by the flooding i.e. which suffered inundation of water within their premises (this includes damage to basements), will be eligible to apply for the grant.  Properties which suffered inundation of the garden only, will not be eligible to apply. 

Local authorities are also able to make a flat rate grant payment of £3,000 for businesses where there is evidence that their ability to trade has been severely impacted by flooding at any point since July 2015.

If you have been affected by the recent flooding and consider you may be eligible for a payment you should contact your local authority in the first instance.  

Further information here.