Flood resilience grant

Eligibility

To qualify for this grant you must meet the below criteria:

  • you must live in Reading borough (pay your Council Tax to Reading Borough Council)
  • you must own and live in your own home
  • you must receive at least one of the principle means tested benefits
  • your property must be located on a flood plain identified by the Environment Agency as being above 1% chance (or above) of flooding each year – you can find this out using this long term flood risk assessment

The grant

The maximum grant available is £500.

The grant can be used towards the cost of manual or automatic air brick closures, door dams and dams for downstairs WCs.

Applying

Contact our independent Home Improvement Agency (HIA) who will:

  • check you meet the qualifying criteria, including a means test
  • help you get quotes from at least two contractors
  • help you submit your application to the council for approval

Once we receive your application we will assess your application and double check your eligibility. We will write to let you know if your application has been successful within 21 days.

There is a limit to the funding available for this grant – the money is allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Do not start any work until you have received written confirmation from the council.

Once you have received confirmation that your grant has been approved, the HIA will arrange for the work to be carried out. The work must be completed within 12 months of your grant being approved.

Paying for the work

We will pay the grant directly to your contractors once:

  • the work has been completed to a satisfactory standard
  • we have received invoice
  • you have signed a consent form confirming you are satisfied with the quality of the work.

You must contact us if any unforeseen works arise once your grant has been approved and the work has started. We can increase the amount awarded up to the maximum grant payable.

You are responsible for the cost of any unforeseen work which exceeds the maximum grant.

Conditions of the grant

  • All work must be completed with 12 months of your grant being approved
  • You will not be eligible for further grant funding from the council within three years of receiving this grant.