Flood Appeals to merge to take advantage of Government Match Funding Boost

The Bassetlaw Flood Relief Appeal administered by BCVS in partnership with Bassetlaw District Council is to merge the donations collected with the Nottinghamshire Floods Appeal, in order to take advantage of the Government’s pledge of match funding. This means that instead of £17,000, the Government funding will double the amount to £34,000. This will be added to the amount already collected by the Nottinghamshire Floods Appeal.

The fund is being administered by the Lincolnshire Community Foundation (LCF) and is raising funds that will be used to support families who have been displaced from their homes and had their properties damaged by flood waters.

Appeal funds will be distributed by LCF and residents who were affected by the flooding should contact them to find out how to apply. Paper copies of the application form will also be made available from the reception at the Council Offices.

Applications to the fund will be considered by a panel of members that will include a Bassetlaw representative.

Neil Taylor, Chief Executive at Bassetlaw District Council and Catherine Burn, Director of BCVS said:

“The majority of people affected by the flooding in November were from Bassetlaw, so it makes sense to join forces with the Nottinghamshire Floods Appeal and maximise the support available. As well as there being a larger pool of funding that residents will be able to apply for, the Government has announced it will match fund the Nottinghamshire Appeal so that any monies collected are in effect doubled. People have been very generous and we would like to thank everybody that has donated so far.”

Sue Fortune, Joint CEO at Lincolnshire Community Foundation said:

“The Lincolnshire Community Foundation has been asked to respond on behalf of our partners in Nottinghamshire to raise funds to support those affected by the flooding in November.  Money donated to the Appeal will be applied to: relieve hardship; help address repairs and make good loss or damage; undertake preventative measures to mitigate future loss or damage. We will be releasing information shortly about how to apply, but in the meantime if you would like to register an interest in applying please contact me on 01529 305825 or email sue.lincolnshire@btconnect.com

Q & A

Q: Has any funding been paid out from donations to the flood appeal?

A: No.

Q: Why hasn’t the Bassetlaw fund paid out any money yet, especially with people being flooded before Christmas?

A: The Flood Appeal has received its current funds over a two-month period. Whilst we appreciate that people were flooded in November, the monies collected have come in over this whole time period. This means that the amounts that would have originally been available would have been small in relation to the number of properties flooded. We would therefore not have been able to pay out grants in a fair and proportionate manner.

Q: Why are you merging the funds, does this mean there will be less money for Bassetlaw residents affected by the floods?

A: No. Quite the opposite. Our intention has always been to maximise the amount available to affected residents and businesses. By merging the funds, there will be access to Government matched funding, meaning that donations are in effect doubled and there is more money available to apply for.

Q: Why are the Lincolnshire Community Foundation administering the appeal? Does that mean money is going to Lincoln?

A: No. Only Nottinghamshire residents and businesses affected by the flooding are eligible to apply. The Lincolnshire Community Foundation are administering this appeal on behalf of Nottinghamshire as they have experience in running flood appeals and disbursing funds.

Q: How many residential properties were flooded in Nottinghamshire?

A: 318 of which 254 were in Bassetlaw.

Q: How do we apply for funding?

A: To register an interest in applying please contact Sue Fortune on 01529 305825 or email sue.lincolnshire@btconnect.com

Further updates will be available through the local media, Bassetlaw District Council website and Social Media channels.


Last Updated on Wednesday, March 4, 2020