Funding for property level flood protection schemes is now carried out as part of our annual Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management allocation process using Partnership Funding.
Individual property owners are not able to apply for the funding themselves. Property owners should contact their local authority or the Partnerships and Strategic Overview Team in their local Environment Agency office for more information on funding.
Complete a Flood Risk Report
A standard template for recording the flood risk of a property after installation of flood resistance and resilience measures is now available. We developed the format for the template, referred to as a Flood Risk Report, together with Defra, Association of British Insurers, British Insurance Brokers Association, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, National Flood Forum and the Law Society.
The insurance industry recognise the Flood Risk Report as a standard approach for presenting the flood risk of a property, provided a professional, suitably qualified, independent surveyor has completed it. Insurers may take into account the information and flood protection measures when assessing the terms they will offer for continued or new cover.
We're encouraging lead local flood authorities and Environment Agency teams to complete this report and hand this to residents when they deliver property level flood protection schemes.
Prepare your property for flooding
It's impossible to completely flood-proof a property but there are lots of things you can do to reduce flood damage.
Evaluation of Defra property level flood protection grant scheme 2009 to 2011
The Defra property level flood protection grant scheme ran from 2009 to 2011. By the close of the two year programme, we had allocated £5 million to local authorities who delivered property level flood protection to over 1,000 households in over 60 communities across England.
Working closely with Defra and others, we've reviewed the grant scheme approach. The Defra Grant Scheme Evaluation Summary Report summarises the findings of the review and makes several recommendations on how we can work to increase the uptake of property level flood protection in the future.