Accessing flood grants
The Scottish Government has announced funding for those affected by severe flooding events that have taken place since July 2015. Local authorities are able to provide a grant of £1,500 to every household, business or community group directly affected by flooding. The definition of households includes farmhouses, and the definition of business premises includes farm buildings such as grain stores etc, but not empty sheds or other buildings where there was no real impact to the farm business.
Guidance has been provided to local authorities in relation to the grants - attached here. It will be for individual local authorities to decide whether a property is eligible for grant based on the level of evidence they deem sufficient to prove inundation has taken place.
Only those properties which were directly affected by the flooding i.e. which suffered inundation of water within their premises (this includes damage to basements), will be eligible to apply for the grant. Properties which suffered inundation of the garden only, will not be eligible to apply.
Local authorities are also able to make a flat rate grant payment of £3,000 for businesses where there is evidence that their ability to trade has been severely impacted by flooding at any point since July 2015.
If you have been affected by the recent flooding and consider you may be eligible for a payment you should contact your local authority in the first instance. Contact details can be found below for the areas that were most affected. If your local authority is not listed you should use the contact numbers detailed on their website.