New property flood resilience grant to protect communities against flooding

Fife Council’s Cabinet Committee agreed today, Thursday 4 April, to launch a new Property Flood Resilience (PFR) grant scheme, which will open for applications on Wednesday 24th April 2024. The scheme provides £500,000 of support for private homes and businesses affected by flooding, with grants of up to £5,000 available per property.

The grants will support private property owners to improve the flood resilience of their properties.

Property Flood Resilience is any measure that can be applied to a building to make people and properties less vulnerable to the physical impacts of flooding. It can:

  • Help people and properties become more resilient to the impacts of flooding
  • Reduce the length of time needed for recovery if flooding were to happen again

This scheme offers private householders and businesses up to £5,000 per property to fund measures that improve resilience.

Councillor Jan Wincott, Spokesperson for Environment and Climate Change said:

"In recent years, Fife has been impacted by a number of extreme weather events. This new grant scheme to support property resilience will provide much needed help to our communities affected by flooding, as well as putting measures in place to help protect against the risk of flooding.

“As part of our refreshed Climate Fife 2024 Strategy and Action Plan we are focusing on climate resilience, and that includes helping residents and properties become more resilient to flooding. Finding solutions to reduce the impact of flooding is just one of the ways that we are adapting to climate change to help our communities prepare for, and respond to, the impacts of climate change."

As part of the process, the council will encourage applicants to contact the Scottish Flood Forum for a property flood assessment report.

More information on eligibility and how to apply for the Property Flooding Resilience grant will be made available on Wednesday 24th April 2024.

The scheme for private residential properties and businesses is part of Fife Council's refreshed Climate Fife 2024 Strategy and Action Plan.