Following the recent exceptional weather conditions and the success of last year’s fund, the County Council are repeating the £200,000 Flood Mitigation Fund. Last year’s fund supported 34 projects that helped reduce the flood risk to properties, a school and a village hall. The fund is part of the Council’s commitment to assisting communities to help themselves.
Who can apply?
This year the scheme will focus on community projects that will help reduce the risk of flooding proposed by Town/Parish Councils or other community groups rather than applications from individuals to protect their own property. We are looking for schemes that you think can help your community increase its resilience against flooding such as creating flood defence banks, clearing roadside ditches or opening redundant culverts to increase capacity of a watercourse.
Whilst you can apply to this fund for the total cost of a scheme we will be prioritising applications that include a local contribution towards the cost.
Priority will be given to applications that:
- will provide a flood improvement for a number of properties, businesses or community facilities and/or help to prevent flooding of the highway;
- can demonstrate financial commitment to the proposal by making a significant contribution towards the cost or payment in kind. The greater the percentage of cost contributed the more likely the application will be supported;
- can demonstrate the proposal will provide a lasting benefit to reducing the risk of flooding or dealing with flood water;
- can demonstrate that the proposal will not increase flood risk elsewhere; or
- can demonstrate a commitment for any ongoing maintenance to be undertaken by the Town/Parish Council or other local volunteers.
It is essential that schemes have the support of the Parish/Town Council and evidence of this is required to support the application.
What cannot be applied for?
- Schemes solely to protect an individual’s property
- Studies or investigations that do not include work to reduce flood risk – this scheme is to fund physical works
- Work already underway or completed
- IT equipment/software/projects
- Schemes that cannot be completed by 31 March 2015
What happens when you apply?
Each valid application will be assessed by our Flood Engineers. They will present their recommendations to a Flood Mitigation Board, who will assess whether they accept the proposal and agree to fund the works. The Board will include the Lead Commissioner for Economic and Community Infrastructure, the County Council’s representative on the Regional Flood and Coastal Committee, Cabinet Member for Resources and the Cabinet Member for Business Inward Investment and Policy. Last year the scheme was heavily oversubscribed and difficult choices between applications had to be made.
If approved the County Council will inform the applicant, Town/Parish Council and Local County Councillor, and the work must be completed during 2014/15 financial year (i.e. by 31 March 2015). The County Council will inform unsuccessful applicants and will explain why their application was unsuccessful. All decisions made by the board will be final and declined applications will not be reconsidered.
How can you apply?
An application form with guidance can be found in the information and resources section. The application should be fully completed and returned to the address on the form by the closing date. Late applications cannot be accepted and incomplete applications may be declined.
Please note all costs should be inclusive of VAT where appropriate as the County Council cannot reclaim the VAT on work carried out by others.
If you need any further help or advice on how to apply please contact Steve Webster on 01823 355310.
The closing date for applications is 30 June 2014.
How will applications be judged?
The aim of the Council is to maximise the benefit achieved from its investment in local flood improvement works. We will score all valid applications on the level of benefit per pound of grant applied for, the match funding contribution, the degree of community involvement in the project, commitment towards ongoing maintenance and the certainty of delivery by 31 March 2015.
Should the scheme be oversubscribed, as it was last year, applications that meet the eligibility criteria but cannot be supported will be placed on a reserve list and offered funding if any supported schemes are unlikely to be delivered.
Please note that no decisions will be made until after the closing date.
How will payments be made?
Payments will be made by cheque made out to the name entered on the application, on receipt of evidence that the work has been carried out and the costs incurred. The County Council is unable to make payments direct to contractors/suppliers.
Where a project involves separate elements, part payment can be made on completion of each element provided this is clearly shown on the application form.
It should also be noted that the applicants remain responsible for all aspects of the work and the County Council will not intervene in disputes between applicants and contractors. The County Council cannot accept any liability for any damages, financial loss, etc. resulting from the works.