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Funding for those affected by the 2015 floods in Eden

Funding for households affected by flooding from the Government

Government Funding of £500 will now be paid to householders of a property that has been flooded. For those properties that already pay their Council Tax by Direct Debit, the good news is that you don't need to do anything!

This payment will be paid directly into your bank account and the payment will show up as a payment from your local district council who are administrating the scheme.

If you do not pay your Council Tax by Direct Debit, then please contact your local district council who will be happy to help you apply for the payment.

Funding for individuals and families from the Cumbria Community Foundation

The Cumbria Flood Recovery Fund 2015, which is being run by the Cumbria Community Foundation, will provide financial assistance to help individuals and families who have been affected.

There is help available for individuals and families whose homes have significant structural damage from flooding and for employees who have lost work or income because of storm or flood.

Cumbria Community Foundation have now introduced a Resistance and Resilience Top Up Grant which is available to individuals who have applied to Eden District Council for a Property Level Resilience Grant. The Top Up Grants are for up to £2000 if applicants' costs exceed £5000. The Top Up Grants can support groups of neighbours who wish to apply for a combined scheme.

For full details and an application form please go to www.cumbriafoundation.org or telephone 01900 825760.

Help for voluntary and community groups

Voluntary and community organisations also play a vital role in supporting communities during times of need and grants will be made available to them also.

Support is available to voluntary and community groups who are providing immediate relief to people and longer term community rebuilding projects. Support will also be provided to flood-affected community facilities. Please apply on line at www.cumbriafoundation.org or call 01900 825760

Funding for businesses affected by flooding

Funding is now available to support businesses severely affected by the recent flooding – whether flooded directly or affected less directly through, for example, extended road closures.

Grants are available to non-farming small and medium sized businesses (up to 250 full time equivalent employees). Support for farming businesses is being arranged separately through Defra.

Grants can be used for a wide range of activities to support survival and recovery, such as marketing, interest payments on new and existing loans, specialist advice, training, equipment and other activities supporting implementation of a recovery action plan.

Growth Hub advisers are available free of charge to assist with development of action plans and help put together the application. All applications must be reviewed and signed off by a Growth Hub adviser. They can also provide other practical advice and support and link businesses into other advice, support and funding available to them.

Application packs, including guidance notes on the scheme, are available to download at www.cumbriagrowthhub.co.uk.

The application process is simple and 75% of the grant will be paid up front within days of approval. To apply, contact Cumbria Business Growth Hub, 0844 257 8450, or info@cumbriagrowthhub.co.uk.

Property Level Flood Resilience Grant Scheme

The Government is making available up to £5,000 per affected property for flood preventative work under the Property Level Flood Resilience Grant Scheme. We are administering the Scheme and inviting property owners in Eden whose properties were flooded as a result of Storm Desmond and Strom Eva to apply. The grants will help fund additional flood resilience or resistance measures over and above repairs that would normally be covered by insurance. Resistance measures are those designed to keep the water out and resilience measures are internal modifications intended to reduce the cost of any damage from flood water.

Read more about the Property Level Flood Resilience Grant Scheme in Eden