South Yorkshire Flood Disaster Relief Appeal Fund PHASE TWO

IMPORTANT: We are receiving a high number of applications which have not been filled in correctly or have not provided supporting documents as required. As a result we are experiencing significant delays to processing applications as our staff have to spend so much time following up on incomplete forms.

When filling in your application please ensure you have included all information requested and please ensure you attach or email the supporting documents required for your application to be processed. As detailed on the form and in the guidance. Thank you.


South Yorkshire Flood Disaster Relief Appeal Fund Phase Two is currently accepting applications from those who have been impacted by the floods.

The current funding available aims to provide relief to those impacted, aiding recovery, and we have made the process of receiving money as quick and easy as possible. Anyone with internet can help you with this form.

With over 1,000 households affected and following the blanket payments of £200 to everyone who applied, SYCF are now moving into a second stage of funding.  This will support those who have been hit hardest through further larger amounts of funding (Dependent on how much money is raised through the appeal).

Please read the following guidelines which give you the eligibility criteria for these hardship grants before you consider completing the application form.  There are also Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) to provide guidance when answering the questions on the form.

If you have any difficulty completing the form please contact The South Yorkshire Community Foundation office on 0114 242 4857 or email the Grants Team on grants@sycf.org.uk


FUND GUIDELINES AND PHASE TWO APPLICATION FORM FOR HOUSEHOLDS

SOUTH YORKSHIRE DISASTER FLOOD RELIEF APPEAL FUND

Help for individuals and families for recovery following the floods:

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 Ltd.  Match funding has also been provided by the Government.  Please see our website – www.sycf.org.uk

Who can apply?

– Individuals or families whose properties and contents have been damaged by flooding

– Individuals or families who are suffering other hardship as a result of the flooding

Anyone affected 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):

– Cleaning up
– Emergency repairs, decorations etc.
– Replacement clothing
– Food and drink
– Heating and heating equipment/electricity costs
– Basic furniture and white goods
– Uninsured costs
– Removal costs

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 are normally up to £5,000, subject to funding availability.  However, in exceptional circumstances, higher grant awards may be considered.  We recognise that after the initial period, additional needs may become apparent and further applications to the fund will be accepted at a later stage.

How to apply:

We will require an application form to support your application.  You must supply the name of a referee who is known to you and can vouch for your circumstances using the form attached to the application form.

Please click here to complete the application form >

Grants are also available for voluntary and community groups, please see separate guidelines.

If you would like to know more about this Appeal and Fund or need assistance to complete an application, please call SYCF’s Grants Team on 0114 242 4857 or email grants@sycf.org.uk 

In addition the following Recovery Hubs are open to support residents with applications:

Fishlake Recovery Hub

  • Location: Fishlake Village Hall , Pinfold Lane, Fishlake, Doncaster, DN7 5JR
  • Opening times: Monday to Saturday 10am – 2pm

Bentley Recovery Hub

  • Location: The White Cabin , Custom Windows and Doors Yard, Conyers Road, Bentley, DN5 9SU
  • Opening times: Monday to Friday 10am -2pm

Scawthorpe Recovery Hub

  • Location: Scawthorpe Community Library , Amersall Road, Scawthorpe, Doncaster, DN5 9PQ
  • Opening times: every Monday through January and February 2020 3pm-5pm

In addition all Family Hubs and libraries will be open as normal and able to offer information, advice and guidance around the floods. You can also call Doncaster Council’s advice line on 01302 735688.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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About the Flood Disaster Relief Appeal and Fund

  • What is the South Yorkshire Flood Disaster Relief Appeal?

    South Yorkshire Community Foundation launched the South Yorkshire Flood Disaster Relief Appeal in response to the recent flooding in parts of Barnsley, Rotherham, Sheffield and Doncaster 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 January 2020 the Appeal had raised over £550,000.

  • Where did the money come from?

    These donations have been made by individuals, local businesses, churches and charitable organisations.

  • 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, Rotherham, Sheffield and Doncaster in order to address hardship and promote community recovery.  The Fund is separate from money given by local authorities or the Government for flood relief and flood proofing of properties.

  • 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 is also a way to promote the fund and make it clear how to apply and what for.

How the Fund is being used

  • What is the fund for?

    The South Yorkshire Flood Disaster Relief Fund is to help individuals, families and communities in South Yorkshire that have been directly affected by the recent flooding.

    The fund will achieve this by making charitable grants to:

    • Households where flood water came into houses and the curtilage of the property (eligible for Phase One) Water flooding into garages, porches, gardens, sheds will not qualify for Phase Two funding.
    • Charities, community groups and voluntary organisations that have themselves suffered flooding to ensure that they can get back up and running to support local people as soon as possible (eligible for Phase 2 Funding only)
    • Charities, community groups and voluntary organisations working with flood affected communities to ensure that they can get back up and running to support local people as soon as possible (eligible for Phase 2 Funding only)

    These criteria may change once we fully understand the extent of the flooding.

  • What will it fund?

    Phase One

    Our priority in the immediate aftermath of the floods is to provide urgent financial support by the means of grants to people affected by the floods to help with urgent needs like the costs of living in temporary accommodation, or items to people so they could stay in their homes – e.g. costs of running dehumidifiers.

    The fund is therefore making an immediate payment of £200 to all households that have been directly affected by the recent floods, where water came into houses and also where it only went into gardens or garages etc.

    Phase Two

    Phase Two payments are intended to provide help in the phase when people and organisations are moving back into their homes and premises. This Phase Two 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. Items that would be considered include:

    • Carpets
    • Additional electricity costs, secondary accommodation costs etc.
    • decoration of affected rooms
    • essential furniture like tables and chairs, settees beds, bedding etc.
    • white goods
    • replacement of kitchen units
    • other flood remedial damage repairs to homes which could include re-plastering, skirting boards, kitchen units etc.
  • 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 services who provide essential and practical support to people who have been flooded can apply for Phase Two funding.

    In addition, under Phase Two we can make grants to charitable organisations that have themselves suffered flooding to ensure that they can get back up and running to support local people as soon as possible.  This will be assessed on a case by case basis.

Who qualifies and how they qualify

  • Who can apply?

    Anyone in Barnsley, Rotherham, Sheffield and Doncaster who has had their home flooded and can also demonstrate hardship and/or vulnerability can apply.  Under Phase Two, we will be prioritising cases of 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, householders who 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.

  • Can someone else apply on my behalf?

    We know from speaking to some applicants that, understandably, many people who are suffering hardship as a result 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 be used for that purpose.

    If you don’t want to apply in person an application can be made by one person (e.g. close relative or friend, local ‘hub’ or community 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 replacement of essential items. We will not fund repairs as they are the responsibility of 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 Community Foundation.

  • I’ve got house insurance can I apply?

    We will consider applications from someone with insurance but would need to know your personal circumstances, savings, income, any excess on your policy. When we have this information we would make a decision on any award. We do know everyone’s circumstances are unique so try to recognise that, but our priority will always be to people experiencing financial hardship as a result 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 if you have insurance but would need to know your personal circumstances, savings, income, any excess on your policy. When we have this information we would make a decision on any award. We do know everyone’s circumstances are unique so try to recognise that but our priority will always be to people experiencing financial hardship as a result of the floods.

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

    No.

  • I’ve already had a Phase One award from you can I apply again?

    Not all applicants that have received a Phase One grant of £200 will be eligible to apply for a Phase Two Grant.  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.

  • I’ve already had a Phase Two award from you can I apply again?

    If you have successfully received a Phase Two grant and your circumstances change (for example you are ready to move back into your home) you can contact the office and we will consider a further application subject to funding being available.  Priority will be given to those applicants applying for the first time.

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

    Yes, we will apply the principle 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 as long as flood damage was sustained to your residential property and you meet the vulnerability criteria then you can apply for the Phase 2 Grant (eligibility criteria is available on our website).

    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/floods

    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 on grants@sycf.org.uk  You can ask a friend, relative, community 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 hasn’t yet put in an application is urged to do so as soon as possible.

  • Is there a deadline for applications?

    Not at the moment, but at some point we may have to close the fund for new applications. At this stage we will we update this document and our website.

  • How much can I apply for?

    Phase One

    Any household that has been flooded should apply and will be eligible for an automatic initial award of £200 under Phase one, subject to available funds.

    Phase Two

    Phase Two 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 £5,000.  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, but we will only replace essential items. Please note that we are unable to cover like for like replacement of 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 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.

  • 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 unless essential items 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 who are moving back into their homes so we would urge anyone considering making an application to apply as soon as possible and then please give us as much notice as possible when they get a date for moving home.

  • 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.

  • 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 3 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/landlady 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 Grants Team. Where applications meet standard and agreed criteria the decision will be made by the Chief Executive and a Trustee of South Yorkshire Community Foundation.

  • 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 is managing the South Yorkshire Flood Disaster Relief Appeal 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 Trustees feel that the South Yorkshire Flood Disaster Relief Fund has fulfilled its purpose, then South Yorkshire Community Foundation 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.