Aberdeenshire Council is urging people affected by the flooding earlier this year to apply for flood recovery grants. The deadline to apply for the grants has been extended to 31 March, which gives people affected just a week to apply.
A grant of £1,500 is available households, static caravan owners, businesses or community groups (such as rugby clubs) where premises have been directly affected by the flooding to enable householders and businesses to protect their home or business against future floods.
Aberdeenshire Council continues to make payments through the Scottish Government Relief Fund to those affected by recent flooding and so far the majority of the £2million fund has been issued (£1.6million).
The number of households benefitting from the £1,500 grant is 857 and 116 payments have been provided to businesses.
In addition, separate business grants of £3,000 have been paid to 55 businesses and the council will be contacting people who may still be eligible.
Director of Infrastructure Services Stephen Archer said
We continue to work with communities to recover from flooding from providing help to clear up streets and waterways; repair bridges and roads to the provision of business advice and more.
The funding support has been welcomed too and we have issued over half of the allocation we received from Scottish Government and processed applications as quickly as possible and I thank our colleagues in finance for their work on this.
We plan to contact businesses that we know were affected by the flooding to advise them of grant availability if they haven’t already applied as well as checking our own tenants to make sure everyone that is eligible can take advantage.
I urge those who haven’t already applied to visit the website https://online.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/flooding-grant-scheme/ and apply for funding available before the end of March.
Support of £3,000 is also available to businesses that can demonstrate their ability to trade has been severely impacted by the flooding at the beginning of January.
The business grant is being funded separately by Scottish Government and is a one-off payment to offset costs which cannot be covered by existing insurance, for example clean-up costs, materials and exceptional costs to help the business restore trade, such as marketing and promotion.
Only those households and businesses which were directly affected by the flooding in December 2015 and early January 2016 are eligible to apply for the grant.
To apply for a flood recovery grant visit https://online.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/flooding-grant-scheme/ before the 31 March deadline.