CiFR Community Flood Resilience Fund

Grants for groups supporting communities to build resilience to future flooding. The purpose of the fund is to (1) provide support, resources, and equipment to specified communities at risk of flooding; (2) to enable those communities to test and trial ways to become better prepared for flooding; and (3) be better able to respond to and recover from flooding, by building assets within their community.


Area of benefit:
Two groups of communities will be supported by the project:
• Small communities at risk of flooding, that are unlikely to benefit from a typical flood management scheme. These communities will be identified by the CiFR steering group.
• Larger downstream communities with a significant history or flooding and established or developing community emergency response groups. These communities are currently anticipated to include Appleby, Carlisle, Cockermouth, Kendal, and Keswick.

Who can apply?
• community emergency planning/response groups in the communities identified by the CiFR steering group
• volunteer-led grassroots groups that support their local community
Priority will be given to projects that:
• support innovative ways to build community resilience

What will the fund support?
• Community Emergency Response Coordinators in the larger downstream communities to support communities to prepare for residual flood risk including:
– developing, updating, and testing community emergency response plans
– identifying community needs in relation to flood risk
– capturing and recording learning around innovation in community resilience activity (in discussion with the CiFR Community Resilience Coordinator)
• Equipment, resources, and training to increase community resilience (in both the small upstream communities and larger downstream communities) including: Hydrosacks, Radios and torches, Hi- Vis clothing and other PPE, pumps, storage space, training (for example, first aid) and insurance.

Eligible costs include: staff wages, coordination costs, volunteer expenses, essential insurance costs and equipment.

How much can you apply for?
• Grants for Community Emergency Response Coordinators will normally be up to £12,500 (application can include equipment).
• Grants for equipment, resources and training will normally be up to £5,000.

Please complete the on-line form here.

For more information, contact:
Ellen Clements, Senior Grants & Programmes Officer or 01900 820824