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Financial help for flooded communities

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.

Aberdeenshire Council

Email: floodrelief@aberdeenshire.gov.uk

Contact No: 03456 081 208

Aberdeen City Council

Contact No: 08456 080919 

Angus Council

Contact No: 03452 777 778

Dumfries and Galloway Council


Contact No: 03033 333 000

Perth and Kinross Council

Contact No: 01738 475 000

South Lanarkshire Council

Contact No: 03031 231 015

Stirling Council

Contact No: 01786 404 040

Scottish Borders Council

Contact No: 03001 001 800

East Ayrshire  Council

Email: customerservices@east-ayrshire.gov.uk

Contact No: 01563 554 400