5K property owner flood resilience grant
Grants of up to £5K (inc. VAT) are available for householders and businesses flooded by Storm Desmond or Storm Eva (3 to 28 December 2015).
The grants are intended only to fund measures which improve the property’s resilience (“let the water in” approach) or resistance (“try to keep the water out” approach) to flooding over and above repairs that would normally be covered by insurance.
Grants will be payable to the person responsible for the fabric of the property, normally the property owner.
Owners of the following properties are eligible for the scheme
- Residential properties where habitable internal areas of the property have been damaged. For rented properties the landlord (or property owner) will need to apply for the funding. Including, any accommodation such as static caravans where they are defined as the primary residence on the electoral roll and second homes.
- Businesses and charitable organisation properties where internal areas of premises which are critical to the day-to-day operations (not storage sheds or warehouses) have been damaged. Including, social enterprise and holiday let accommodation.
Resilience and resistance measures
Resilience measures can include raised electrics, water resistant plaster and tiled concrete floors. Working with your insurer these measures can be included now as part of your repairs.
Resistance measures can include flood doors, door barriers, self-closing airbricks and pumps.
In many cases resilience measures should be the preferred measure considered because resistance measures will only keep the water out up to a point. Resilience measures mean you can recover from flooding quicker.
We strongly recommend you get a professional flood protection survey which will cost around £500. This £500 will be reimbursed once we have processed your application, whether your application is successful or not. This flood protection survey will ensure you are getting the best measures suitable for your property. List of surveyors able to carry out a property level flood protection survey.
Where you are looking at resistance measures you should consider the potential benefits of pooling your grants with neighbours in order to carry out larger scale property level flood resilience work. Where grants are to be combined, a survey will be required to support the application.
Apply for flood resilience grant
Application must be received by 31 March 2017. Work should be completed as soon as possible and invoices submitted by the end of August.
Flood grant application forms have been sent to those properties we believe were affected by flooding. If you have not received a form and believe you are eligible please complete our flood resilience grant application form (PDF/137KB/4 pages).
You must provide two quotes for the work you require with your application. If you are completing resilience work, please ask your two contractors to each complete our flood resilience quotation form (PDF/43KB/2 pages). The purpose of this form is to assist contractors in intemising the cost of resilience works.
In order to reduce the risk of fraud, the homeowner will be asked to subsequently produce receipts or invoices confirming the work has been carried out.
Where appropriate, we recommend that homeowners use products that carry the BSI kitemark for flood protection products (PAS1188) (opens in a new window) or similar standards.
Ideally, grant application forms 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.
Getting help with your flood resilience grant application
- We are running a flood grant drop-in session every Wednesday at Kendal Town Hall
- BERG can be found at 3 Blackhall Road, LA9 4BT. They are open Monday to Friday, 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.
- King's Food Bank have a unit at The Westmorland Shopping Centre, Stricklandgate, Kendal, Cumbria LA9 4LR
- Gateway, a mobile support unit will be visiting South Lakeland
- The National Flood Forum SixSteps to Flood Resilience
- Cumbria Community Foundation
Companies in South Lakeland and nearby area who have confirmed they are able to provide property level flood protection surveys include:-
Not endorsed by us as 'approved contractors'
R G Parkins & Partners Ltd
Meadowside, Shap Road, Kendal, Cumbria LA9 6NY
Chris Scott IEng ACIWEM Associate Director
Tel:01539 729393 or 07776 858971
Other companies who may offer this service are available from:
The National Flood Forum ‘Blue pages’ is a source of information for contractors, installers and surveyors.