Farmers devastated by recent flooding can apply for a share of £2 million funding pot to help them repair uninsurable damage to their property.
With the UK witnessing unprecedented rainfall in the run up to Christmas, farm businesses across South Yorkshire, Gloucestershire and the Midlands have seen the overtopping of flood defences and breaches in rivers.
Support is now available through the Farming Recovery Fund - applications have opened today (January 6).
Those affected can apply for grants of between £500 and £25,000 to cover a number of repair costs, including removing debris, re-cultivating and replacing damaged field gates.
Defra Secretary Theresa Villiers said: “I saw first-hand the impacts of this devastating flooding myself when visiting farmers in Lincolnshire in November.
“I am delighted we have been able to extend our Farming Recovery Fund to cover parts of South Yorkshire, Gloucestershire and the Midlands who were hit with unprecedented weather last year.
“This scheme, coupled with the other measures we have announced, will help farmers get back on their feet.”
How to apply
The application window for flood affected farmers in North Yorkshire and Wainfleet in Lincolnshire which opened in September closes on March 31, 2020.
The window for this extension of the Fund will close on July 31, 2020, but farmers are encouraged to submit their applications when they are able.
A handbook has been published on gov.uk with full details of which areas are eligible, what is covered and how to apply for funding.
Farmers who have already repaired damage caused by the flooding should keep records of all relevant evidence, including receipts and before and after photos, in order to help the RPA process eligible applications promptly.
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