Grants available for flood victims

Leeds Community Foundation launches grant scheme to help vulnerable families and charitable projects affected by the floods

Leeds Community Foundation (LCF), a catalyst for positive change, launched the Leeds Flood Relief Appeal in response to the devastation caused across the city by the Boxing Day floods. Thanks to the generosity of the public and businesses across the country, the appeal has now raised over £43,000 to support flood victims in Leeds.

Flooding in Goodman Street, Hunslet. Photo: Jeremy Morton
Flooding in Goodman Street, Hunslet. Photo: Jeremy Morton

The raised funds will be distributed in financial grants to relieve hardship for people in Leeds that has been caused directly or indirectly by the recent storms and flooding.  The scheme which launched today will support individuals, families, social enterprises, community and voluntary projects. Individual grants of up to £250 and community grants of up to £2,000 will be available – although applicants will be asked to give further details of their losses so that larger grants may be considered, if funds permit.

Applicants will be able to apply for grants to cover a range of costs including cleaning equipment, emergency repairs, clothing, heating equipment, replacement costs of furniture or white goods and advice services.  Priority will be given to households with children, older people or those with physical or learning disabilities. Third sector organisations which have been actively involved with flood relief support and are providing longer-term community rebuilding projects will also be eligible to apply.

Sally-Anne Greenfield, Chief Executive of Leeds Community Foundation, said:

“We know these grants will provide much needed support to people struggling to re-build their lives, repair their homes and replace essential items that have been damaged by the floods. LCF is extremely grateful to everyone who has generously supported the appeal to ensure local people get the support they need.”

Applications need to be submitted by 5pm on Friday 29 January 2016. Guidance information and application forms are available to download from the LCF website – flood-appeal-grants-scheme.