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Flood protection grant scheme

Repair and renew grant

Homeowners and businesses can apply for a 'repair and renew' grant  if their living accommodation or day-to-day operational area was flooded between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2014. The grant is for up to £5,000 to implement flood resistance and/or resilience measures to minimise the impact of any future floods.

In areas where a community flood protection scheme hasn't already been proposed, local communities may wish to apply together to fund a measure that could be put in place on behalf of a number of properties andbusiness premises.

What you can apply for

You can apply for up to £5,000 grant funding towards 100 per cent of the costs (including VAT) of buying and installing appropriate resilience and/or resistance measures from the eligible list within the repair and renew grant guidance (PDF, 224KB).

The funding can be put towards 100 per cent of the costs (including VAT) of buying and installing appropriate resilience and/or resistance measures for individual properties, such as waterproofing external walls, window and door guards and garage and driveway barriers. The grant can also be used to cover the cost of professional surveys.

If you choose carry out work that costs more than £5,000, the additional costs cannot be paid by grant money.

Apply for the repair and renew grant

Read the full repair and renew grant guidance (PDF, 224KB).

Complete the repair and renew application form (DOCX, 48KB).

Applications should be submitted with at least 2 like-for-like quotes for each of the resilience and/or resistance measures (including installation costs and VAT) applied for. If you have not selected the cheapest available quote, you should explain why in the application form.

The quotes must:

  • Be independent of the applicant
  • Be comparable: for example, of same or similar specification (quality), size, quantity, units
  • Be dated (within the last 6 months)
  • Show the supplier's address, telephone number and contact details
  • Give the VAT number (if the supplier is VAT registered and VAT is charged on the quote)
  • Show the supplier's company registration number (if they are a limited company)

Completed applications should be returned as soon as possible by email flooding@harborough.gov.uk with the subject title 'Repair and Renew Grant'. They can also be posted to 'Repair and Renew Grant application, Regulatory Services' at The Symington Building.

If you have any questions about the application process, please email flooding@harborough.gov.uk.

For collaborative community flood defence schemes we suggest that 1 business/homeowner makes the application on behalf of the community. They should also get completed application forms nominating the community defence scheme from each property and business that would benefit from the scheme and would like to nominate their funds towards the scheme.

Grant application criteria

The criteria for grant applications:

  • The interior of your home or business premises must have been damaged by flooding between 1 December 2013 and 31 March 2014
  • The applicant must not have received other sources of public or insurance funding to establish the same resilience and/or resistance measures applied for (such as from a property level protection scheme)
  • Business applicants will need to comply with state aid regulations: to be eligible for repair and renew grant support businesses must not have received more than 200,000 euros of public funding in the last 3years; for primary agriculture and fisheries sectors the 'de minimis' threshold is 15,000 and 30,000 euros respectively
  • Applicants should use advice on the Property Protection Adviser website and other sources of information referenced in the guidance to help select the most appropriate resilience and/or resistance measures for the nature of the flood risk to their property
  • Properties that will benefit from a wider community flood defence scheme which will be completed prior to the winter (October/November) 2014 (negating any value that may be gained from any RRG grant) are not eligible to apply - information regarding approved schemes is available from the Environment Agency

How applications will be assessed

We will assess each application to ensure that the applicant is eligible, meets the criteria of the fund and represents value for money (costs in line with expectations).

We will aim to assess each application within 10 working days of receipt of a completed application (including all required supporting information), subject to the number we receive.