Devon Communities Together are providing support to communities that have been affected by recent flooding.

Communities that were hit by floods in September are being encouraged to speak with the Devon Community Resilience Forum if they want support.

The forum has extended its Emergency Resilience Grant scheme until next April so that Devon communities affected by floods in September can seek help if needed.

The initiative offers two funding schemes: help for communities to develop emergency plans, and support for 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 flood events and to support community flood resilience, the grant of up to £1,500 for small scale works and equipment is being made available until the end of April 2024 for those communities that are still in the process of developing their plan or do not yet have one.

This funding is intended to be “fast tracked” to provide simple flood equipment (PPE, signs, sand bags etc.), contributions to minor practical works and work to help community recovery.

Applications can be 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 flood event in September 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 one grant is still available to assist with this. Devon Communities Together is also available to help groups put their plan together.

For more information visit the Devon Communities Together website or contact [email protected]