Grants available for flood-hit residents and businesses

Published: Friday, 15th January 2016

Grants are now available for flood affected residents, businesses, community groups and charitable organisations in the Scottish Borders.

Flood grant scheme funding

The funding available, provided to us by the Scottish Government, is:

  • to help those affected to protect their property from future flooding with reduced price flood protection materials
  • carry out flood resilient repairs
  • help with costs for property reinstatement

The business grants are a one-off payment to offset costs which cannot be covered by existing insurance.

Examples include:

  • clean-up costs
  • materials
  • exceptional costs to help the business restore trade, such as marketing and promotion

The flat rate grant is £1,500. This is available to anyone affected by flooding. An additional £3,000 is available for businesses severely impacted by the flooding which affected their ability to trade. These amounts can be increased in individual cases if merited.

Those who suffered water inundation during Storm Desmond or Storm Frank during December are able to claim the funding from us.

Councillor David Parker, Leader

“These grants will enable residents and businesses to take steps to protect their properties from future flooding events, and also carry out repairs and alterations which will minimise the impact of any future flooding.

“This will be welcome support for those who have been hit by the recent floods during Storm Desmond and Storm Frank last month and we have made the scheme as simple as possible and hope to be able to distribute the funds promptly once applications are received.”

How to apply for flood grant scheme funding

Residents and business-owners who have been impacted by the floods can apply for the funding online.

If you require any information prior to, or help with, completing the application form please call 0300 100 1800.  Our Customer Services staff can also fill out the form on your behalf, if required.

Forms are also available from our Contact Centres.

Other available grants

Charity Foundation Scotland has established a Flood Recovery Appeal Fund to help support those affected by the recent flooding across Scotland.

More information is available from Foundation Scotland.

This fund is entirely separate from the Scottish Government Relief Fund we are co-ordinating in the Borders.