Funding still available to improve a community’s flood resilience

Posted on: 16 February 2018

Devon’s towns and villages are being invited to apply for a grant to help reduce the impact of flooding on their communities.

There is still funding available for flood groups, community groups and town and parish councils to help increase a community’s flood resilience.

Grants of up to £1,500 are available from The Devon Emergency Flood Resilience Fund which has been provided by Devon County Council and is being issued through the Devon Community Resilience Forum.

The money is for equipment like temporary flood barriers, sand bags, waterproof sheeting, road signs, emergency blankets and equipment for volunteers including tools, torches, high vis jackets and radios.

The fund is available to groups with a community emergency plan or flood plan in place but not individuals.

In some circumstances groups without a plan in place may still be eligible for a grant if a draft plan is being developed and it can show how the funding will support that plan.
And in exceptional circumstances the grant may be used as a contribution towards small scale, practical works that will immediately benefit the community.

Communities that have already benefited over the last year include Abbotskerswell, Ilfracombe, Kingsbridge and Lapford.

Councillor Roger Croad, Devon County Council’s Cabinet member with

Cllr Roger Croad

responsibility for Environmental Services, said:

“We have made this fund available as part of the county council’s commitment to help communities help themselves.
“We know that small resilience measures can significantly improve the speed householders and communities are able to respond to flooding and can reduce the impact of flooding.”

To find out more about this fund and for an application form click here.

3 comments on “Funding still available to improve a community’s flood resilience

  1. Elena Faramus says:

    Thank you very much for taking the time to reply to my query and providing further information.

  2. Elena Faramus says:

    I have heard that dredging helps prevent floods from happening, is that right? Surely it would be better to spend the money on that.

    • Hi Elena. It’s interesting, but in most cases dredging is only a short term fix that may help to reduce the duration of flooding, but unlikely to prevent property flooding during severe events. Dredging is an expensive exercise and needs to be carried out on a regular basis to have any significant benefit. The small grants being made available under this initiative are to help communities develop plans for dealing with flood incidents and provide equipment to help reduce the risk of property flooding. In the communities that we are targeting our support, the maintenance of watercourses is the responsibility of the riparian landowner and we strongly encourage those landowners to keep their channels free from blockage and where necessary use our enforcement powers for the removal of obstructions. Thanks.

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