Households across Rushcliffe and wider Nottinghamshire are set to receive hardship payments in the first round of funding from the Nottinghamshire Flood Appeal, following widespread flooding that took place in November 2019.
Residents whose homes were impacted by the floods applied for support from the fund, and 92% of applicants so far have received financial support, with 61 householders benefiting from £28,000 worth of assistance.
The funds have been awarded to help towards the costs of insurance, alternative accommodation, living expenses and emergency repairs.
Another round of grants will support further individuals and families affected by the floods once Government Match funding has been approved and is expected to open later this year.
Rushcliffe Borough Council’s Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Environment and Safety Cllr Inglis serves on the panel that awarded the grants of up to £500 to applicants and was delighted that residents were receiving assistance.
He said: “Our role as a Nottinghamshire local authority is to support and signpost to funding when devastating floods take place, such as those during November last year.
“The volume of successful applicants in this case highlights that we act quickly and effectively when emergencies occur.
“I encourage anyone who has yet to apply for support following the flooding of their home last year to follow our updates closely for the second wave of funding expected soon.”
The Lincolnshire Community Foundation has administered the appeal for residents in Nottinghamshire due to its experience disbursing funds in similar projects.
Sue Fortune from the Lincolnshire Community Foundation said: “We’re grateful to have been asked to assist our neighbours in Nottinghamshire and support people whose lives were turned upside down because of the devastating floods in November 2019.
“These funds were donated by both national organisations and raised locally to help, in some small way, to get lives back to normal and we’re pleased funds are now being allocated to do just that.”