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Deadline for residents and businesses to claim flood funding extended

Repair and Renew Grants of up to £5,000 are still available for people whose home or business was flooded between 1 December 2013 and 31 March 2014. The grants are to fund additional flood resilience and/or resistance measures to protect properties from future flooding.

Homeowners whose properties (including static caravans where it is the primary residence) where habitable internal areas of the premise and/or septic tanks have been damaged by flooding are eligible to apply (garages and outbuildings are not eligible).

Business and charitable organisation properties where internal areas of the premise that are critical to the day to day operations and/or septic tanks have been damaged are also eligible (storage sheds and warehouses are excluded).

Whilst applicants are not required to seek professional advice prior to making an application, they are strongly advised to have an independent survey to assess flood risk and make recommendations about what measures to take. Should applicants choose to seek professional advice, they can retrospectively claim up to £500 of the cost as part of their application (within the total £5,000 including VAT they can apply for).

Whilst the grants don’t provide funding support for general repairs from flood damage (e.g. carpets), or to insurance excess payments, they can be put towards the costs of buying and installing flood defence measures such as waterproofing external walls, window and door guards and garage and driveway barriers.

The deadline for applications has been extended to 22 September 2014.

Cllr Philip Price, cabinet member for infrastructure said: “By extending the application deadline we hope that more residents and local businesses do not miss out on the opportunity to claim this money. People whose business or property was affected by the floods between 1 December 2013 and 31 March 2014 must apply before Monday 22 September to get the support they need”.

Application forms and more information about the grant is available from www.herefordshire.gov.uk/community-safety/emergencies/what-to-do-after-flooding

For further information, telephone the delegated grants and programmes team on 01432 260753 or email delegatedgrants@herefordshire.gov.uk

Tags: Community and living, Environment and waste