Deadline approaching to apply to winter flooding financial assistance scheme – extension for farmland applications

Published: 18th April 2016

The deadline to apply to the Department of the Environment’s (DoE) Scheme of Emergency Financial Assistance to Small Businesses and Non-Domestic Properties following winter flooding is approaching. The closing date for applications is Friday 29 April for postal or delivery applications and Saturday 30 April if applying by email.

The £1,000 one-off payment scheme, which is being administered locally by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council on behalf of the DoE, was set up for small businesses; recreational and community facilities; and places of worship that suffered severe inconvenience as a result of flooding during the period 7 November 2015 to 31 January 2016. The one-off payment is a contribution towards practical assistance, and is not a compensation payment.

The scheme is also open to farm businesses where land has been significantly affected as a result of sustained high levels on Lough Neagh and Upper Lough Erne during the same period.

The deadline for application for Farmland has been extended to 5:00pm on Monday 16th May 2016. A revised application form for Farmland is available on the Council website

Criteria
Individual small businesses, recreational and community facilities and places of worship will be eligible for the £1,000 payment where:

  • the items would not typically be covered by insurance; and
  • the small business employed less than 25 people at the time of the flooding incident; and
  • they were able to demonstrate a remedial cost of at least £1,000; and
  • they were operating in rateable premises or premises exempt from rates.

Farm businesses will be eligible for the £1,000 payment where their land has been significantly affected by high water levels between 7 November 2015 and 31 January 2016. To be eligible, all of the following criteria must be satisfied:

  • Only farmland which is actively farmed, that is included as part of the 2016 Single Application Form (SAF);
  • Farmland within specified areas in townlands and islands around Upper Lough Erne;
  • Farmland within these specified townlands and islands that was under water for at least 14 days during the period between 7 November 2015 and 31 January 2016; and
  • Farm businesses where the area of flooding exceeds 10% or more of the total land actively farmed by the applicant.

Further information on the emergency financial assistance scheme for small businesses and non-domestic properties following winter flooding, including application forms, eligibility criteria and list of townlands is available on the Council’s website. Alternatively telephone Charlotte Daly, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council on 0300 303 1777 or email charlotte.daly@fermanaghomagh.com.

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