Published May 25, 2016 at 13:00
Government support is available to Local Authorities to provide grants of up to £5,000 to homeowners and businesses that have been flooded as a result of Storm Desmond and Storm Eva to help fund additional flood resilience or resistance measures for their properties.
No deadline for applications closing has yet been set by Central Government so residents are encouraged to get applications in as soon as possible.
The resilience grant presents a great opportunity for those who have been flooded to better prepare their homes for future flood events, both to prevent flood water from entering the property and to speed the recovery if it does.
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.
There is a lot of useful advice on the Gov.Uk website, but the best starting point for those who are new to understanding flood risk is the National Flood Forum website. The National Flood Forum website sets out a step-by-step process for householders and links to a wide range of other sources of information, including the “Blue Pages”, which list a range of flood products and service providers. National Flood Forum
The most appropriate work will vary from house to house, so we would recommend that you consider undertaking a professional survey of your premises to identify flood risks. 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.
Grant application forms can be found here and should be submitted and approved in advance of committing expenditure. If applications are retrospective there is a risk to the homeowner that costs may not be eligible.
Please email applications to email@example.com or post them, marked Flood Resilience Grant, to David Presto, Health Housing and Regeneration, Rossendale Borough Council, The Business Centre, Futures Park, Bacup, OL13 0BB. You can also drop them off at our One Stop Shop at Futures Park marked for the attention of David Presto – Flood Resilence Grant.