Flood-hit families can apply for grants

Details of flood grants

Details of flood grants

First published in Bridgwater Area News by

RESIDENTS and farmers affected by the floods across the Somerset Levels are being reminded they can apply for a variety of grants.

The Somerset Flood Relief Fund, organised by the Somerset Community Foundation, has so far raised £1,165,768.05 for those affected by the floods.

Up to 200 homes on the Levels were flooded or evacuated since the beginning of January.

The Foundation has awarded over £300,000 in grants to more than 350 households affected so far.

Households can apply for: • Phase One grants of £250 towards meeting the immediate costs arising from either being flooded or evacuated.

• Phase Two grants are set between £150 and £1,000 and are available to homes experiencing direct or indirect impacts that are causing short-term financial hardship while the flooding persists.

• Phase Three grants are designed to help people to recover and repair a home that is safe and secure to live in.

There's also a £500 grant to help flood-affected homes pay for a professional survey or advice.

But Under Charity Commission guidance the grants can only be used to address 'financial hardship' arising from the flooding, directly or indirectly. It is not a compensation scheme where anyone affected automatically receives a payment.

For more information visit http://www.somersetcf.org.uk/apply-for-a-grant/flood-relief-grants

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