Northern Irish Grants and Funding

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural affairs of Northern Ireland (DAERNI) website and the Housing Advice for Northern Ireland website are two key sources of information regarding flood and environmental grant guidance. Below is some information about specific grants and funding opportunities resulting from recent flooding events.

 

Current Flood Grant Schemes

Homeowner Flood Grant

The Homeowner Flood Grant is a a government funded flood grant scheme which entitles the homeowners to get 90% funding of flood protection measures up to a value of £10,000. The additional 10% of the cost and any extra cost above £10,000 must be funded by the homeowner themselves. The grant is not means tested and all successful applicants will have to contribute 10% of the cost of the works.

Eligible properties will be flooded in the past or are located in a known flood area. Any properties that were initially granted planning approval from 1st January 2009 are to be exempt. In addition to this, any homes owned by a the Housing Executive any registered housing association or other third party will also be exempt from the flood grant. Finally, any properties that are likely to benefit from a government backed flood alleviation scheme in the next five years will also be exempt. It should also be mentioned that if a property is under co-ownership, it and meets the additional criteria, it will still be eligible for the flood grant. Tenants of rented properties may not apply for the loan as this is targeted at resident property owners. Landlord applications will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

In order to apply for this grant, you will need to contact the Rivers Agency, there will also be a £50 application fee for this grant. This is fully refundable if no protection measures can be recommended by the surveyor (as a result of location or design), or if measures are recommended, this £50 will be deducted from the 10% of the costs that will require payment by the property owner.  The fee will most likely not be refunded if you simply decide not to proceed with the work, unless you can show good cause for your change of mind.

The Rivers Agency will appoint a suitably qualified contractor to carry out the work and the grant payments will be made to this contractor.  The work won’t start until the homeowner has paid the 10% share to the contractor. After the work has been completed there will be testing to ensure the measures are installed correctly. Any grant funded measures installed on the property may not be removed if the house is sold.

If you would like any further information regarding this, please click here.

This additional leaflet gives a summary of the scheme.

An application pack for the grant can also be downloaded here.

 

Emergency Financial Assistance Scheme

Designed to benefit small businesses across Northern Ireland, this grant allowed up to £1,000 funding to become available to those who had been affected severely by flooding. To apply for this funding, please contact your local council. If you do not know which is the appropriate council, you can find your local council by clicking here.

To meet the criteria for this scheme, you must have been a non-domestic property that satisfies the following criteria:

  1. The claim is eligible where a loss incurred was not insurable.
  2. Only small businesses can apply (employing less than 25 people).
  3. Farm businesses will include farmyards and land farmed by the business.
  4. Farmland must have been underwater for at least 14 days and incurred additional cost due to reduced productivity or unplanned sward restoration / reseeding work.
  5. Businesses must have been unable to operate due to constrained access for at least 14 days.
  6. Businesses must be able to demonstrate a remedial cost to the business of at least £1,000.

For more information, Fermanagh and Omagh council have created this guidance page or visit the NI Direct website.

Unfortunately this scheme stopped taking additional applications from 29th April 2016 or 16th May 2016 for farmland.

 

Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI)

RABI are a UK based welfare charity aimed at improving the live of farmers and their families across the country. They can provide financial and guidance support for farmers who have been impacted by flooding in recent years. RABI’s help in a crisis page gives more details about ways they may be able to help. RABI paid out over £31,000 in a single month in grant funding to assist farmers following the devastation of winter flooding in 2015.

If you are a farmer and have been affected by flooding visit RABI’s website and see their ‘how to apply for help‘ page for further information.

 

Additional Grants/Funding

You may be entitled to additional funding from various independent charities. For more advice on this, please visit thee Turn2Us website. A link to this is available here.

If you are concerned about a lack of housing as a result of flooding, Housing Advice NI’s website may prove useful.

You can also always contact the citizens advice bureau too for additional advice. The Northern Irish section of the website may be able to confirm any additional details you are unsure about. You can access their website here.

The Red Cross Charity’s website also gives an array of information for support in an emergency.

Forage Aid may also be able to help if you are a farmer who has been flooded. You can contact them by clicking here.

 

Contact Information

Flooding problems in Northern Ireland can be reported by contacting the Floodline on 0300 2000 100.

For information available regarding grant funding, contact 0300 200 7848.

The DAERNI Flooding Incident Line can be accessed by calling 0300 2000 100 in an emergency (available 24/7), alternatively for other information on flood defence and drainage, call 0300 200 7845.

For all other enquiries, please contact the customer helpline on 0300 200 7852  or email  daera.helpline@daera-ni.gov.uk.

 

Concluded Flood Grant Schemes

Emergency Financial Assistance Scheme

Designed to benefit small businesses across Northern Ireland, this grant allowed up to £1,000 funding to become available to those who had been affected severely by flooding. To apply for this funding, please contact your local council. If you do not know which is the appropriate council, you can find your local council by clicking here.

To meet the criteria for this scheme, you must have been a non-domestic property that satisfies the following criteria:

  1. The claim is eligible where a loss incurred was not insurable.
  2. Only small businesses can apply (employing less than 25 people).
  3. Farm businesses will include farmyards and land farmed by the business.
  4. Farmland must have been underwater for at least 14 days and incurred additional cost due to reduced productivity or unplanned sward restoration / reseeding work.
  5. Businesses must have been unable to operate due to constrained access for at least 14 days.
  6. Businesses must be able to demonstrate a remedial cost to the business of at least £1,000.

For more information, Fermanagh and Omagh council have created this guidance page or visit the NI Direct website.

Unfortunately this scheme stopped taking additional applications from 29th April 2016 or 16th May 2016 for farmland.

 

If you have further information regarding flood grant funding in Northern Ireland, please contact us at resilience@bre.co.uk.

 

For further advice on how to obtain this financial assistance, please click here.

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