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Deadline reminder for residents and businesses to claim flood funding

Funding for Herefordshire businesses affected by the floods between 1 December 2013 and 31 March 2014 is available for a limited time. But any businesses that are yet to claim any support now only have until Thursday 31 July to apply.

This is under the Government's Business Support Scheme, which was set up to provide hardship funding for businesses affected by the floods. It covers a range of eventualities including non-recoverable insurance excesses for repair or replacement of buildings, equipment and stock; removal of debris; additional business accommodation or extra staff costs; structural surveys; security measures; additional marketing; exceptional costs; to improve access to/for suppliers and customers and more.

In addition, if your home or business was flooded, you can apply for a Repair and Renew Grant of up to £5,000 (including VAT) to fund additional flood resilience and/or resistance measures. Until recently, funding could only be claimed by those whose internal areas of their premises had been damaged by flooding. However, residents who lost the use of their sewerage systems are now able to apply for a Repair and Renew Grant too. People have until Thursday 31 July to apply.

Following the application deadline, all bids will be considered and applicants will be notified as soon as possible after that date.

Application forms for both these schemes are available at 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: Business and economy, Community and living, Environment and waste