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Flood Resilience Grant - Guidance to Applicants

Purpose of the Fund

Following an announcement by the Prime Minister on the 12th February 2014, the Repair and Renew Grant (RRG) scheme has been established to provide grants of up to £5,000 to homeowners and businesses that had been flooded since the 1st December 2013 and 31st March 2014, to implement flood resistance and/ or resilience measures to minimise the impact of any future floods.

The RRG will not provide funding support for general repairs from flood damage, or to insurance excess payments.

Who Can Apply?

The owners of the following premises are eligible for RRG;

Grants will be payable to the person responsible for the fabric of the property, normally the property owner.        

Criteria

What Can Be Applied For

Up to £5,000 grant funding towards 100% of the costs (including VAT) of purchasing and installing appropriate resilience and/ or resistance measures from the eligible list below.

Should you choose to implement measures that cost in excess of £5,000, the additional costs must be met from alternative resources.

The following resilience and/ or resistance items can be applied for.  When selecting which measures you intend to install, we strongly advise that you consider information available on reference websites such as https://nationalfloodforum.org.uk/about-flooding/reducing-your-risk/protecting-your-property/ External Hyperlink.  The guidance will help you select the appropriate resilience/ resistance measures for the nature of flooding in your area – not all of the identified measures may be appropriate for the type of flood risk to your property, and may make limited difference to protecting or minimising the damage to your premises.

Should you choose to seek professional advice prior to making an application, you can retrospectively claim up to £500 of the cost as part of your application (within the total £5,000 including VAT that you can apply for).

Property level-measures Description of Measure/ Type of Flood Risk

Indicative cost range £s

What Can Be Applied For

Professional Survey of Premises to Identify Flood Risks (can be undertaken prior to RRG application to identify most appropriate measures and up to £500 of costs applied for retrospectively)

Professional survey undertaken to identify property flood risk, and identify appropriate resilience and/ or resistance measures.

Up to £500 including VAT

Flood Risk Report

Professional Flood Risk Report can be commissioned after resilience and/ or resistance measures fitted to inform any future works, and/ or to submit to insurance companies to demonstrate action taken/ level of future risk.

300-500

Airbrick Cover Watertight cover for airbricks. 20-40
Self-closing airbrick Replacement airbrick that automatically closes to prevent flooding. 50-90
Sewerage Bung Inflatable device to insert in U bend of toilet to prevent sewage backflow. 30-50
Toilet Pan Seal Seal to prevent sewage backflow. 60-80
Non-return valves 12mm overflow pipe Valve prevents backflow via overflow pipe. 70-110
Non-return valves 110mm soil waste pipe Prevents backflow via soil waste pipe 550-650
Non-return valves 40mm utility waste pipe Valve prevents backflow via waste pipe. 80-120
Silicone gel around openings for cables etc. Prevents flooding via openings for cables to access properties. 80-120
Water resistant repair mortar Water resistant mortar used to repair walls and improve future resistance. 80-120
Re-pointing external walls with water resistant mortar Improve water resistance through using water resistant mortar to re-point walls. 150-250
Waterproof external walls Membrane fitted to make external walls water resistant 200-400
Replace sand-cement screeds on solid concrete slabs (with dense screed) Dense water resistant screed to replace sand-cement screed 670-740
Replace mineral insulation within walls with closed cell insulation Replacement of wall insulation with water resistant insulation. 720-800
Replace gypsum plaster with water resistant material, such as lime Replace existing plaster to water resistant material in property. 4280-4740
Sump Pump A pump used to remove water that has accumulated in a water collecting sump basin 400-600
Demountable Door Guards Guard fitted to doors to resist flooding 500-900
Automatic Door Guards Door guards that automatically close to prevent flooding 1000-2000
Demountable Window Guards Guard fitted to window to resist flooding 500-900
Replace ovens with raised, built-under type Raising oven off floor above flood level 700-780
Replace chipboard kitchen/bathroom units with plastic units Fit plastic kitchen and/ or bathroom units to minimise water damage 5000-5520
Move electrics well above likely flood level Re-wiring of electrics (such as socket points) above flood level. 760-840
Mount boilers on wall Raise boiler above flood level. 1620-1800
Replace floor including joists with treated timber to make it water resilient Replace floor including joists with treated timber to make it water resilient 3490-3850
Install chemical damp-proof course below joist level Install damp proof course to resist groundwater flooding. 6250-6910
Replace timber floor with solid concrete Replace wooden flooring with concrete. 8210-9070
Garage/Driveway Barrier Driveway gate or garage barrier to resist flooding. 2000-3000
     
     

Where appropriate, we recommend that homeowners and businesses use products that carry the BSI kitemark for flood protection products (PAS1188) or similar standards.

How to apply and support documentation

Applicants should complete an application form and submit it to Fareham Borough Council, Civic Offices, Civic Way, Fareham PO16 7AZ no later than 30 September 2014.

Applications should be submitted with a quote 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 (question 7).

The quotes must:

How will applications be assessed?

Fareham Borough Council will assess each application to ensure that the applicant is eligible (property flooded between 1st December 2013 and 31st March 2014), meets the criteria of the fund outlined above, and represents value for money (costs in line with expectations).

Fareham Borough Council will aim to assess each application within 10 working days of receipt of a completed application (including all required supporting information), subject to the volume received.

When can I start to purchase and install the equipment?

Wherever possible, you should not incur any costs for purchase and installation of resilience and/ or resistance measures before your application has been approved and you have been formally notified (letter or e-mail).  Should you incur costs before your application is considered, you do so at your own risk that your application may not be approved, and therefore the expenditure will not be recoverable.

Fareham Borough Council and/ or Defra do not have any liability for costs incurred prior to the submission and approval of an RRG application.

However, we realise that some people that have been flooded since the 1st December 2013 and the 31st March have;

In these circumstances a retrospective application can be made where you can demonstrate that the value for money was achieved.  Any payment of grant against retrospective costs is dependent on a successful application being submitted and approved.

Should your application not be approved, you will not be able to recover costs incurred.  Fareham Borough Council and/ or Defra do not maintain any liability for any expenditure prior to the submission and approval of an RRG application.

Can I make a retrospective application?

As above, we realise that some people that have been flooded since the 1st December 2013 and the 31st March have;

In these circumstances a retrospective application can be made where you can demonstrate that the value for money was achieved.  Any payment of grant against retrospective costs is dependent on a successful application being submitted and approved.

Should your application not be approved, you will not be able to recover costs incurred.  Fareham Borough Council and/ or Defra do not maintain any liability for any expenditure prior to the submission and approval of an RRG application.

If approved, how/ when do I claim the grant?

If your application is approved, you can purchase and install the flood resilience or resistance measures applied for in line with the quote you selected and submitted with your application.

Once the works have been completed, you have received and paid the invoice, you can submit a grant claim (on relevant form) to K. Golledge, Corporate Accountant
Fareham Borough Council, Civic Offices, Civic Way, Fareham, Hants, PO16 7AZ

You should submit a copy of the invoice, and a picture(s) of the resilience and/ or resistance measure(s) that have been installed.

Should your grant claim be in line with the original grant approval (in terms of equipment purchased and installed at identified costs), the grant claim will be processed and payment in to your bank account within 10 working days.

Please note that at some future stage an employee of Fareham Borough Council may visit your premises to ensure the resilience and/ or resistance measures have been installed in line with the requirements of the grant.  If during the inspection it is found that you have not installed the relevant equipment, or it is no longer in situ, we may seek the recovery of the original grant funding.

What is the deadline for the project to be completed?

Applications can be submitted at any time between the 1st April 2014 and no later than 30 September 2014.

When will someone visit to inspect that the works have been completed?

A random selection of premises that have received RRG funding will be inspected following installation of the resilience and/ or resistance measures, and the grant has been paid.

If selected, we will be in contact to arrange a time to visit.

If during the inspection it is found that you have not installed the relevant equipment, or it is no longer in situ, we may seek the recovery of the original grant funding.

Sources of Further Guidance

Prior to implementing any flood resilience and/ or resistance measures (whether through the RRG or at your own cost) it is strongly advised that you seek some guidance as to the most appropriate means of protecting your premises.  Flooding can occur for a wide variety of reasons, and you could install resilience and/ or resistance measures which will make no or very little difference to protecting your premises in the future.  It is very unlikely that Property Level Protection will prevent future flooding to your home or business, but informed resilience and/ or resistance measures can reduce the level or risk or damage incurred.

There are a wide range of sources of information available to you;

Prepare you property for flooding guide - http://a0768b4a8a31e106d8b0-50dc802554eb38a24458b98ff72d550b.r19.cf3.rackcdn.com/geho1009brdl-e-e.pdf External Hyperlink

If you are in need of more information please contact Customer Services on Tel: 01329 236100 or e-mail customerservicecentre@fareham.gov.uk

Annex A – Definition of Flood

Section 1 of the Flood & Water Management Act 2010

  1. "Flood" includes any case where land not normally covered by water becomes covered by water.
  2. It does not matter for the purpose of subsection (1) whether a flood is caused by—
    1. heavy rainfall,
    2. a river overflowing or its banks being breached,
    3. a dam overflowing or being breached,
    4. tidal waters,
    5. groundwater, or
    6. anything else (including any combination of factors).
  3. But "flood" does not include—
    1. a flood from any part of a sewerage system, unless wholly or partly caused by an increase in the volume of rainwater (including snow and other precipitation) entering or otherwise affecting the system, or
    2. a flood caused by a burst water main (within the meaning given by section 219 of the Water Industry Act 1991).


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