Flood Mitigation Fund: Still time to apply for share of £200,000

Town and Parish Councils or community groups can still apply for part of a £200,000 fund to help communities be more resilient against the effects of flooding.

The fund was announced in January as part of the County Council’s response to the serious flooding experienced this winter.  It is aimed at small scale community schemes such as clearing ditches, building earthworks and other defences.

The County Council will contribute towards the cost of the planned works, provided that the scheme is completed by the end of March 2015. Applications are welcome until the deadline of 30 June 2014.

Town or Parish Councils are expected to be the main applicants, however other community groups can apply as long as they have written support from their local Town or Parish Council. Applications where the community provide part of the funding or undertake part of the work for free are more likely to be successful. Each valid application will be assessed and money awarded by a panel of Senior Councillors and a Director.

For more advice on making an application to the grant scheme, call Steve Webster on 01823 355310, or visit the flood risk management pages at http://www.somerset.gov.uk.