The Community Foundation for Calderdale who have lead the Calderdale Flood Appeal since Boxing Day today received confirmation that the Government would match fund the entire of the eligible monies raised by the appeal.
Boxing Day evening brought the news to the whole country that the Valley which has become familiar to so many as the backdrop to BBC drama Last Tango in Halifax and Happy Valley had suffered unprecedented flooding.
Images of upturned trucks, streets turned into canals, shops pulled into rivers and homes destroyed beamed in to our homes. On seeing these images, many people were moved to offer their support.
As these events unfolded, the Community Foundation for Calderdale (CFFC), quick and decisive response was to start to support the communities affected. CFFC turned the press attention into essential funds for its community by launching a Localgiving appeal page and brokering support from large cooperates and businesses.
To date the appeal has raised over £2.5m of which £1.6m is eligible for match funding by the government, due to other calls on the monies pledged by the government (£2m) from other community foundations and fundraising initiatives, it was not known if the Community Foundation for Calderdale would receive full match funding.
Until today when the Government announced that it had increased the budget for match funding and would indeed match all of the £1.6m raised. Taking the total available to local residents businesses to £3.2m to support them in recovering from the devastating impact the flood had on them.
Emma Bolger from the Community Foundation for Calderdale said “None of this would be possible without the people who made donations and for that we will be eternally grateful. Those donations have enabled us to already support 1000’s of individuals and 100’s of businesses with over £650,000 of grant aid, and every day we process more grants and support more people.
In the wake of the floods, the Foundation will further support our community with the launch of some new initiatives, including a legacy fund called WaterMark Calderdale. Local businesses will be able to sign up to sell a product or service and a percentage of the sale will go into a fund that will support people in the event of another flood.
We are also launching an alternative to insurance, and will soon to be able to confirm the launch date for Flood Save the self-insurance scheme shortly which we hope will provide £ for £ matched funding for businesses and homes not covered by FloodRE who save monthly through the scheme”.
The Foundation have to date supported over 1500 applications and awarded hundreds of thousands of pounds to those affected by the flooding. Support has included, emergency grants, displaced people grants, support for people who have lost earnings, replacement of white goods, carpets, flooring, furniture and financial recompense
The emergency grants programme (£200 awards) will close on March 31st however phase two grants will stay open. These grants support white goods, flooring, furniture and financial aid. Applications can be made here www.cffc.co.uk.
Support has included, emergency grants, displaced people grants, support for people who have lost earnings, replacement of white goods, carpets, flooring, furniture and financial recompense.