The Devon Community Resilience Forum is extending its current Emergency Resilience grant scheme to support communities across the county affected by the storm events in May.
The initiative currently offers two funding schemes – one to help communities to develop emergency plans and another supporting small scale works and resilience equipment, which is usually intended for those communities with an emergency plan already in place. However, in response to the recent storm events and to support community flood resilience, the grant of up to £1,500 for small scale works and equipment is available until the end of December 2023 for those communities that are still in the process of developing their plan or do not yet have one.
The funding is intended as a “fast track” grant to provide:
- Rapid purchase of simple flood equipment (PPE, signs, sand bags etc.);
- Exceptionally, a contribution to minor, practical works. (However, this will not cover activity that is otherwise being promoted through the community self-help / Road Warden scheme, such as clearance of drains, or general maintenance works that are the responsibility of land owners.)
- For those communities that have recently experienced flooding, works to assist community recovery and getting things back to normal will be included.
Applications are made via a simple two-page form in Word. Any constituted group (Parish Council or Community Group) with a bank account is able to apply for the grant.
All communities and applications will be considered, however those areas affected in the most recent flooding in May 2023 will be prioritised in order to help those communities get back on their feet and address any immediate issues.
If a community is interested in developing an emergency plan then the scheme 1 grant is still available to assist with this. Devon Communities Together is also available to help groups put their plan together.
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