Residents and businesses who were impacted by the floods earlier this year can apply for up to £5,000 to help make their properties more secure against future flooding.
Until recently only residences and business premises that were flooded were eligible for the grant, but the Government has now extended the funding to also apply to properties where a septic tank was flooded or damaged by flooding.
The Repair and Renew grant is available to homes and businesses that either flooded between 1 December 2013 and 31 March 2014 or sustained flooding or flood damage to septic tanks. The grant can be used to implement flood resistance and resilience measures to minimise the impact of any future floods.
Economic Portfolio Holder, Councillor Peter Giddings, said: “It is good news that the Government has extended the eligibility criteria to include septic tanks, which should open up the grant to enable more people to successfully apply. I would encourage anyone whose property has been affected by the floods to see if this grant might be applicable to them.”
Full details of the grant and a guide to how to apply can be found at www.testvalley.gov.uk/repairandrenew Applications can be made online or in hard copy format.
Test Valley Borough Council is administering the Government package of support for businesses and homes affected by flooding which also includes a Council Tax Flood discount, Business Rates Flooding Relief and a Business Support Grant.
For more information on all the schemes visit www.testvalley.gov.uk/floodhelp