Grant funding for community emergency resilience

Devon County Council and Devon Communities Together are pleased to announce a further opportunity to apply to our “fast Track” Devon Emergency Resilience Fund.

The fund is financed by Devon County Council and is part of the Council’s commitment to assisting communities to help themselves.

Purpose of fund and criteria

Experience has shown that a wide range of small resilience measures can make a real difference to communities. These measures range from the provision of sandbag stores and other flood protection equipment, road signs, tools and personal protective equipment.

It is important that the community sets out their own shopping list. Examples of resilience measures can be provided by the Forum, other communities or the Devon County Council Flood and Coastal Risk Management Team.

Area of benefit

The fund is open to applicants within Devon.

Who can apply

The Fund is open for community groups, flood groups, parish/town councils etc. but not for individuals.
The Fund is available to groups with a community emergency plan or flood plan in place and made available through Devon Communities Together. If you do not yet have a plan in place you may still be eligible for a grant if you can show how the funding will support activity identified within a draft plan.

How much can you apply for?

Grants of up to £1,500.

What can be applied for

  • Rapid purchase of simple equipment to deal with a potential emergency identified within the community emergency plan. For example the grant may be used to purchase temporary portable deployable flood barriers, sand bags, PVC sheeting, sand hoppers, sand store, tools (shovels, etc), signs, road signs, emergency blankets, torches , high visibility jackets, radios for volunteer wardens etc.
  • Exceptionally, a contribution to small scale, practical works that will provide immediate benefit to the community. For example, opportunities to clear out local ditches will be considered where either the landowner is unknown or where the community believe that it won’t/can’t be done by the riparian owner. This will be a one-off pioneer clearance ‘without prejudice’ to reduce flood risk to the community …not to relieve anyone of their riparian responsibilities i.e. Each small scale work proposal will have to be considered on a case by case basis. There must be some initial dialogue with the Flood and Coastal Risk Management Team to check whether there might be any scope for such work. Please see next section for works that are not eligible. For small work enquiries, please contact the Flood and Coastal Risk Management mailbox: or call 01392 383 000 (ask for Flood Risk).

What cannot be applied for?

  • Studies or investigations to reduce flood risk – this scheme is to fund equipment and minor works that will provide immediate benefit to the community.
  • Activities that are being promoted through the Devon County Council community self-help / Road Warden scheme, such as clearance of drains and the Snow Warden Schemes.
  • Routine maintenance work or work that DCC is better placed to arrange, such as clearance of drains. Please see links to the information on Highways drainage clearance, the Road Warden and Snow Warden scheme and the support that Highways can offer (i.e. H&S training) for such work:
  • Any works on public sewerage systems managed and maintained by South West Water
  • Grants to clear private ditches that fall within riparian responsibilities and will only benefit that landowner rather than the wider community.
  • General maintenance and repairs of flood defences, unless there is a significant risk of not doing so and ownership responsibilities are unclear.
  • Individual property protection work, such as flood gates, flood boards and non-return valves etc. Enquiries for such improvements should be made direct to

How can you apply?

Download the Application Form here and application guidance notes here

Email or

Call 01392 248919

Completed forms should be returned to Devon Communities Together as directed on the form.

There is no closing date for applications, however, the fund is limited and we urge communities to make early applications as it will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Next Steps

Applications will usually be processed within 14 days of receipt
You will be contacted by email to confirm approval of your application
With the exception of minor work, equipment must be purchased within a month of receiving grant approval.

How will payments be made?

Payments will be made by bank transfer. The fund is unable to make payments direct to contractors/suppliers.
It should also be noted that the applicants remain responsible for all aspects of the work and the DCT, the Forum or County Council will not intervene in disputes between applicants and suppliers and contractors. The County Council cannot accept any liability for any damages, financial loss, etc. resulting from the group or parish and town councils’ activities.

Additional Information:

Prepare for a Flood

What to do before, during and after a flood

Sandbag leaflets

Health and Safety Risk Assessment

It is advised that the community carries out a Health and Safety risk assessment before deploying any flood resilience measures.