South Yorkshire Flood Disaster Relief Appeal Fund

This application form is for people who have already received a grant in Phase 1 and/or Phase 2 of the South Yorkshire Flood Disaster Relief programme, but now find that they need additional support due to a change in circumstances.

If you are an individual or a family affected by the South Yorkshire Floods in 2019 and your household has not previously received a grant, please apply using the alternative application form here.

If you are a community organisation affected by or responding to the floods, please apply using the application form for Phase 3 organisation grants here.

What these grants are for:

More than 6 months after the floods, we know that many people are still experiencing financial hardship as a result.  Homes are still damaged, insurance has been complicated, and in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic circumstances have changed for many people.

Grants may be made for charitable purposes to relieve hardship caused directly or indirectly by the flooding in South Yorkshire in November 2019.  The South Yorkshire Disaster Relief Appeal Fund is funded by donations from individuals, businesses, churches, charitable trusts and funds from South Yorkshire Community Foundation.  Match funding has also been provided by the Government.

Who can apply?

  • Individuals or families who received a grant in Phase 1 and/or Phase 2 of the South Yorkshire Flood Disaster Relief programme, but now find that they need additional support due to a change in circumstances.

Anyone affected by the floods and needing additional support can apply, although priority will be given to:

  • Uninsured, low income households, people over 70, families with young children, people with physical or learning disabilities or mental health needs or medical conditions
  • Individuals and families suffering financial or other hardship
  • Insured households on low incomes suffering financial hardship with insurance excesses

We can provide support for the following (this is not an exhaustive list):

  • Repairs, decorations etc.
  • Replacement clothing
  • Food and drink
  • Heating and heating equipment/electricity costs
  • Basic furniture and white goods
  • Uninsured costs
  • Removal costs
  • Evidenced Rent Arrears as a direct result of the November 2019 Floods ONLY

Wherever possible, grants are made to help applicants replace essential items that have been lost.  The fund does not aim to replace like with like and cannot be a substitute for insurance.

We will not normally fund:

  • Gardens, sheds, outbuildings, fences and garden furniture/equipment
  • Vehicles and garages
  • Businesses (but we can consider employees who are facing extreme hardship)

How much can you apply for?

Hardship grants from phase 3 will normally be up to £3,000 (on top of whatever grant you received in Phase 1 and/or Phase 2), subject to funding availability.  However, in very exceptional circumstances, higher grant awards may be considered.

How to apply:

To apply for Phase 3 funding, please complete our online application >

Please note: the deadline for Phase 3 grants will be noon on Friday 4th December 2020.

If you are unsure about any of the above or have any other queries, then please contact The Grants Team on 0114 2424294 or e-mail grants@sycf.org

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Quick links:

About the Flood Disaster Relief Appeal and Fund

  • What is the South Yorkshire Flood Disaster Relief Appeal?

    South Yorkshire’s Community Foundation launched the South Yorkshire Flood Disaster Relief Appeal in response to the flooding that affected parts of Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield on 8th November 2019. The excessive rainfall came through people’s homes and other properties, and the communities in South Yorkshire were severely impacted.

  • How much has so far been raised by the South Yorkshire Flood Disaster Relief Appeal?

    By October 2020, the Appeal had raised over £1.4 million pounds which includes match funding from the Government and National Lottery Community Fund.

  • Where did the money come from?

    These donations have been made by individuals, local businesses, churches, and charitable organisations which also includes match funding from the government and the National Lottery.

  • What is the South Yorkshire Flood Disaster Relief Fund?

    Donations made to the Appeal have been used to establish the South Yorkshire Flood Disaster Relief Fund. This fund enables grants to be made for charitable purposes in connection with the recent flooding in parts of Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham, and Sheffield to address hardship and promote community recovery.  We have received match funding allocated by the Government and The National Lottery. Resilience works are NOT covered by the grant. Please contact your local council for details of resilience grants which may be available from the council.

  • How are you trying to encourage people to apply to the South Yorkshire Flood Disaster Relief Fund?

    Details of the fund are on our website. https://www.sycf.org.uk/floodfund/

    In addition to articles in local media (radio and print), we are promoting the Fund via social media. This FAQ section is also a way to promote the fund and make it clear on how to apply and what for.

How the Fund is being used

  • What is the fund for?

    We have now closed Phases 1 and 2 of the Fund and have launched a final phase, which has its own application process.  Phase 3 builds on previous Phase 1 and 2 hardship payments but is also looking at the recovery and resilience of individual householders and communities. It is specifically targeting those householders whose circumstances have changed and continue to suffer hardship because of the floods.

    We aim to:

    Make funding awards to community groups working in the specific geographical areas affected by the floods with the emphasis on resilience – mental health, debt counselling, counselling, community cohesion, insurance projects assisting householders with insurance advice and other resilience initiatives.  The size of the grant awarded will be dependent on the project and its demonstrable impact for the community.  Grants will generally be between £500 and £5,000 per year, but larger grants will be considered.

    Multi-year funding will be considered for longer term flood related projects.  Community groups where appropriate e.g. where a larger grant is being applied for, can discuss this with a member of SYCF’s Grants team.  Applicants will need to complete a Community Grants Application form.  All applications (except Small Grants up to £600) will go to the Flood Panel for a decision.

  • What will it fund?

    Phase 3 can include:

    Additional costs not previously requested.

    Loss of earnings (not covered by any of the Government’s schemes re COVID-19) and where the applicant is still experiencing the after effects of the floods.

    Income protection insurance where it does not cover Covid-19/time taken off for the floods.

    Costs where applicant is unable to return home due to lack of construction workers because of COVID-19 and have a home which is still not habitable.

    Where the outcome of insurance claim falls very short of claim. This is up to the applicant to evidence.

    There could be other issues, so please feel free to add supporting comments in the text box. For example, if a private landlord decided they cannot/will not do the work and you cannot move back and may need a new home and the costs associated with moving to a new property.

  • How do you decide who meets your criteria?

    We use the relevant local authority list of areas and streets flooded to ascertain which properties were affected – and how badly.

  • Can charities and voluntary organisations apply?

    Yes, front line service providers who provide essential and practical support to people who have been flooded can apply for Phase 3 funding – as long as they are working in the specific geographical areas affected by the floods, with the emphasis on resilience – mental health, debt counselling, counselling, community cohesion, insurance projects assisting householders with insurance advice and other resilience initiatives.  The size of grant awarded will be dependent on the project and its demonstrable impact for the community.

     

    Grants will generally be between £500 and £5,000 per year, but larger grants will be considered.  Multi-year funding will be considered for longer term flood related projects.  Community groups where appropriate e.g. where a larger grant is being applied for, can discuss this with a member of SYCF’s Grants team.  Applicants will need to complete a Community Grants Application form.  All applications (except Small Grants up to £600) will go to the Flood Panel for a decision.

Who qualifies and how they qualify

  • Who can apply?

    Anyone in Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield who has had their home flooded and can also demonstrate hardship and/or vulnerability can apply.  Under Phase 3, we will be prioritising cases of financial hardship or where the household has people living in it who are elderly i.e. over 70 years of age, families with one or more children under 5 years of age or those with a disability.  We will also consider applications from households on very low incomes and householders who have no insurance or a high insurance excess.

    We do need proof that your home was flooded and will check addresses against the list held by the relevant local council. If you are not on this list but can prove your home was flooded, we can consider your application, but it may need a visit to confirm. We will also need to see proof of your income to demonstrate the hardship criteria.

  • Can someone else apply on my behalf?

    We know from speaking to some applicants that, understandably, many people who are suffering hardship because of flooding may be reluctant or unable to apply. We would urge anyone who has been flooded to apply for funds, as the money was donated to help people and to be used for that purpose.

    If you do not want to or cannot apply in person, an application can be made by one person (e.g. close relative or friend, local ‘hub’ worker or Council employee, clergy) on behalf of another.

  • I’m a tenant, (this includes private tenants, Housing Association and Local Authority) can I apply to the fund?

    Yes, for the replacement of essential items. We will not fund repairs as they are the responsibility of your landlord but may be able to pay for replacement floor coverings if not provided by your landlord.

  • I need to do repairs to my home can I apply to the fund to do this?

    If you meet our criteria regarding hardship (low income, little or no savings, no insurance or high insurance excess) and you are not a tenant, you can apply to the fund for repairs to your home. Any repairs will have to be carried out by an approved supplier. For details contact South Yorkshire’s Community Foundation Ltd.

  • I’ve got house insurance can I apply?

    We will consider applications from someone with insurance but would need information about your personal circumstances such as savings, income, or any excess on your policy. When we have this information, we would make a decision on any award.  We understand that everyone’s circumstances are different, but our priority will always be to those people experiencing financial hardship because of the floods.   For example, where there is low income and a very high insurance excess, a person may be considered for support.

  • What if I had insurance but I still have extra costs?

    We will consider applications where the outcome of an insurance claim falls very short of the claim.  We would need to know your personal circumstances including savings, income, and any excess on your policy. When we have this information, we would make a decision on any award. We understand that everyone’s circumstances are different, but our priority will always be to people experiencing financial hardship because of the floods.

  • I don’t want to claim on insurance and risk increased premiums, can I apply to you instead?

    No.

  • I never applied for a Phase 1 or Phase 2 grant?

    Please complete the Phase 3 form on our websitewww.sycf.org.uk/floodfund

    Please note Phase 1 and 2 are now closed.  You must be able to show you fit the priority categories and have experienced hardship.  You must have experienced damage to your property through flood water damage. You must be able to demonstrate that your circumstances have changed and require further funds to ensure you can put the property back to a habitable standard. Where no previous claim has been made, we will consider applications from the following changes to circumstance:

     

    • Loss of earnings (not covered by any of the Government’s schemes re COVID-19) and the applicant is still experiencing the aftereffects of the floods.
    • Income protection insurance where it does not cover Covid-19/time taken off for the floods.
    • Unable to return home due to lack of construction workers because of COVID-19 and have a home which is still not habitable.
    • Where the outcome of the insurance claim falls very short of the claim.

    We require the following documentation to be submitted with the Phase 3 application form:

    • Phase 3 Application Form – Change of Circumstance
    • Insurance correspondence
    • Proof of Loss of Income
    • A cost breakdown of items that need replacing
    • Any other relevant correspondence e.g. from builders, etc.

    If a hardship grant to the flood appeal has not been applied for under any previous phase we will also require:

    • Bank and ID details
    • Proof of any benefits
    • Referee form
    • A cost breakdown of items that need replacing
    • Council Tax – flood discount reduction confirmation

    If you are unsure about any of the information that you need to provide or have any difficulty completing the online form, please contact South Yorkshire’s Community Foundation on

    0114 242 4857 or email on grants@sycf.org.uk   You can ask a friend, relative or support worker who can access it to help you.

  • Can people living in mobile homes apply to the fund?

    Yes, we will apply the principal that regardless of tenure or type of home, all applicants will be treated fairly and equitably with regards to contents and building repairs/replacement.  Applications can be made to the fund for replacement of essential items.

  • Will any of the money go to the local authorities?

    No, as a charity we cannot fund statutory organisations.

  • Can you help my business which was flooded?

    No, we are currently unable to fund businesses. For information on funding and support available for businesses, please contact your Local Authority.

  • What if my Business Address is also my home address?

    If your business address is also your home address, then you can apply to the fund if flood damage was sustained to your residential property and you meet the vulnerability criteria. You will need to submit an application for the Phase 3 Grant (eligibility criteria is available on our website and set out above).

    If your business is agriculture/land/food based you can also contact DEFRA (Department for Food and Rural Affairs) https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-environment-food-rural-affairs

Applying for help through the fund

  • How do I apply?

    To streamline the application process, we are encouraging all applicants to apply online at

    https://www.sycf.org.uk/floodfund/

    If you do not have access to a computer or have difficulty completing the online form, please contact South Yorkshire Community Foundation on 0114 242 4857 or email grants@sycf.org.uk You can ask a friend, relative or support worker who can access it to help you.

    Applications will be considered on a rolling basis so anyone who has been flooded and has not yet put in an application is urged to do so as soon as possible.

  • Is there a deadline for applications?

    A deadline for Phase 3 grants will be noon on Friday 4th December 2020. Please note all grants awarded are subject to available funds.

  • How much can I apply for?

    Phase 3

    Phase 3 support does not have a standard award of funds as the needs of each applicant will be assessed individually and awards made on that assessment. The awards will be in the region of up to £3,000.  Items that would be considered include carpets, essential furniture like tables and chairs, settees, beds, bedding, white goods as well as replacement of kitchen units and other flood damage remedial repairs to homes and premises.

  • Is there a maximum amount that one household can receive?

    There is no maximum as each application is assessed on a case by case basis. However, the awards are usually in the region of up to £3,000 and we will only replace essential items.

  • Will you be replacing like for like items that I lost in the floods?

    Our priority is to ensure that we provide residents affected by floods with essential household items or repairs to enable people to move back into their homes. We are not an insurance company, therefore cannot replace like for like, or replacement of valuables or non-essential items like games consoles, X boxes, CDs, records, toys etc.

  • I’ve lost all my furniture, carpets and white goods in the flood – can I apply to the fund to have them all replaced?

    Yes, if these items are identified as being essential.

  • What kinds of things can I get replaced?

    We will provide funding to enable you to purchase new, basic essential items to allow you to get back on your feet in your home. We will provide funding to help you replace floor coverings, essential furniture like tables, chairs, settees, and beds & bedding and white goods like cookers, washing machines and fridges. We will also provide funding to help with remedial repairs and redecoration where applicable.

  • We will not fund:

    • Garden furniture
    • Garden equipment
    • Sheds
    • Garages
    • Children’s toys
    • Children’s garden equipment
    • Pet toys
    • Clothes & shoes that are not essential
    • Games consoles
    • Electrical equipment/devices outside the essential remit of TV’s and laptops.
  • I have lost my car and garage contents; can I apply to you for funds?

    No, we do not fund cars or items stored in garages but may consider essential items if they were stored there and were affected by flooding – e.g. white goods. We may consider public transport costs or other hardship issues if there are additional costs due to the loss of a car for, example where the car is used for purposes of self-employment.

  • How quickly can I receive my replacement essential items?

    We are aiming to process applications as quickly as possible. We will prioritise people we know from the information provided are particularly vulnerable.

  • What do you mean by essential items?

    We mean items that are essential to daily living, for example white goods like fridges, cookers, washing machines and furniture like beds, bedding, table, and chairs. The fund also covers items such as the loss of school uniforms, school shoes or other essential items for small children.

    It does not cover like for like replacement of items or other losses such as antiques, ornaments or other valuables or non-essential items like games consoles, X boxes, children’s toys. We will consider remedial works where the insurance company have under funded these.

    It does not cover like for like replacement of items or other losses such as antiques, ornaments or other valuables or non-essential items like games consoles.

  • Will the fund cover my electricity bills because I have been running dehumidifiers?

    Yes, it will, and it will cover the costs of renting a dehumidifier. We will require copies of electricity bills to evidence increased consumption. We will consider such costs for a maximum period of three months at a time.

  • Will I get new goods?

    We have a pre-agreed schedule of amounts that we can award, that will enable you to buy new essential item such as white goods, essential furniture items, beds, and bedding. Please note that we are unable to cover like for like replacement of items.

  • My landlord has just told me I can move back in, what do I do?

    Let us know as soon as possible so we that we can assist with any essential items. Please note that as a tenant your landlord is responsible for any building work that requires a repair and South Yorkshire Community Foundation Ltd. will not fund any building repair work to those properties in this situation.

How decisions are made

  • Who makes the decisions on grants?

    Requests for financial assistance will be assessed by South Yorkshire Community Foundation’s Grants Team. Where applications meet the standard and agreed criteria the decision will be made by a panel made up of the Chief Executive and others, including at least one Trustee of South Yorkshire Community Foundation Ltd.

  • Is there an appeal process?

    Please note that when we make any award it is a charitable grant and there is no entitlement to this grant. This means that there is no right to an appeal process in relation to any application rejected or the size of the award made.

  • What is South Yorkshire Community Foundation’s role?

    South Yorkshire Community Foundation Ltd. is managing the South Yorkshire Flood Disaster Relief Appeal and Fund. We are overseeing all aspects of the fund including managing and accounting for donations and distribution of awards.

The future of the South Yorkshire Flood Disaster Relief Fund

  • What happens to any money left over?

    If the South Yorkshire Community Foundation Ltd. Trustees feel that the South Yorkshire Flood Disaster Relief Fund has fulfilled its purpose, then South Yorkshire Community Foundation Ltd. will hold any balance to be used for any future crisis support in South Yorkshire.

    We may also consider longer term support for affected communities, such as specialist benefits advice or mental wellbeing support.

    We may also consider longer term support for affected communities, such as specialist benefits advice or mental wellbeing support.