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The Property Flood Resilience (PFR) Grant and Eligibility

The Essex Property Flood Resilience grant (PFR grant) aims to help Essex residents whose properties are at risk of flooding by equipping their homes against flooding and flood damage.

Eligible residents can receive up to £8,000 to fund PFR measures for their properties. Essex County Council has been running a county-wide Property Flood Resilience scheme since 2013. In 2022 our latest supplier contract was procured and awarded to Lakeside Flood Solutions. Lakeside Flood Solutions project manage and deliver this scheme on our behalf. Lakeside will conduct the initial survey, provide a quotation based on the survey and, if you choose to proceed, install the recommended PFR measures at your property. Applicants have a choice of British Standard accredited PFR products available on the market to suit their property and needs. They are not required to exclusively opt for Lakeside’s products.

  • The grant amount – £8,000
  • Homeowners contribution, if any – homeowners are expected to cover any costs over £8,000
  • Installing part-measures – properties are considered flood resilient only of all recommended PFR measures are installed, as part-measures may still cause flooding. Exceptions can be made in some cases situations based on site topography and whether existing measures have been taken.

Eligibility Criteria

To apply for a PFR grant, you must:

  • have experienced internal flooding from local water sources, or
  • reside in Essex (excluding the unitary authorities of Southend-on-Sea and Thurrock) in a designated Critical Drainage Area

Check if your home is in a designated Critical Drainage Area.

What is a designated Critical Drainage Area?

A Critical Drainage Area (CDA) outlines a boundary for hotspots at significant risk of flooding from ‘local’ water sources including ditches, drains, rainfall and surface water runoff. CDAs are designated based on their history of flooding, or potential for future flooding impacting properties and the safety of residents. While not all properties are at risk of flooding in a CDA, blocked drains, building new impermeable surfaces or installing water butts within a CDA can have negative or positive impacts on others.

Check if your property is in a designated critical drainage area.

What is not considered as internal flooding from local flood risk sources

Garages, non-habitable spaces, outbuildings and storage facilities. Flooding from freshwater leaks also do not qualify.

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