Flood resilience grants scheme
The Government has announced a one off scheme to provide grants of up to £5,000 to homeowners and businesses that have been flooded as a result of heavy rains between Christmas and New Year to help fund additional flood resilience or resistance measures. These resilience grants present an opportunity for those who have been flooded to better prepare their properties for future flood events, both to prevent flood water from entering the property and to speed the recovery if it does.
This grant funding applies to properties flooded as a result of heavy rains between Christmas and New Year that meet the following criteria:
- Residential properties (including accommodation such as static caravans where these are defined as the primary residence on the electoral roll), where habitable internal areas of the premise have been damaged including basements and garages where they are part of the fabric of the building
- Businesses (including social enterprise) and charitable organisation properties where internal areas of the premise which are critical to the day to day operations (i.e. not storage sheds or warehouses) have been damaged
The funding is for the impacts of flooding from adverse weather conditions and not, for instance, from the failure of water mains, internal water systems or the failure of a sewerage system (unless the failure was itself caused by the adverse weather conditions).
What can the grant be spent on?
Grants are intended only to fund measures which improve the property's resilience or resistance to flooding, over and above repairs that would normally be covered by insurance. The most appropriate work will vary from property to property.
Grants are not intended to cover standard repairs or to provide compensation. They must be used only for improvements to the fabric of the premises that would have the impact of reducing the impact and cost of subsequent flooding on the property. If your property is insured then you should discuss this grant application with your insurer to ensure that any works are properly coordinated. Where resilient repairs can be provided at the same cost as standard like-for-like repairs, insurers should act to encourage take-up as part of the standard reinstatement process.
You may wish to consider undertaking a professional survey of your premises to identify flood risks. Should you choose to seek professional advice as part of your application, you can claim up to £500 for this as part of your grant. Alternatively you can obtain a tailored report on the type of flood resilience measures that might be appropriate for the property from National Flood Forum (external link) which will give guidance on the kind of measures that might need to be fitted and their likely cost. You will be asked a few simple questions about your property and will receive a tailored report that takes into account the age and type of property.
Examples of the type of work that might be recommended include air-brick covers, re-pointing external walls with water resistant mortar, door guards and toilet pan seals.
Where appropriate, we recommend that products are used that carry the BSI kitemark for flood protection products (PAS1188) (external link) or similar standards.
How much grant will be available?
Grants of up to £5,000 are available, depending on whether sufficient appropriate resistance and resilience measures can be put in place. Grants will only be paid once all of the specified works have been completed, and supporting evidence supplied such as copies of receipts or invoices.
Grants will be payable to the person responsible for the fabric of the property, normally the property owner. Individuals can consider the potential benefits of combining their grants with others affected by flooding in order to carry out larger scale flood protection and resilience work where appropriate. Where grants are to be combined, a survey will be required to support the application.
Ideally, grant application forms should be submitted and approved in advance of committing expenditure. If applications are retrospective there is a risk that costs may not be eligible.
How to apply for a household flood resilience grant
You should complete the application form below and send it to: Financial Support For Flooding, West Lancashire Borough Council, Derby Street, Ormskirk, L39 2DF.
Is there a closing date?
Due to Government funding we may not be able to process any application received after 31 October 2016, so request that your application is submitted before this date.
Works to properties need to be completed and invoiced before 31 March 2017 in order to receive grant funding.