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MP for Gordon, Alex Salmond, has issued a reminder of the upcoming deadline for applications for a £1500 grant via the Scottish Government's Flood Relief scheme, administered by Aberdeenshire Council. 

857 households have benefited from the scheme thus far, with 116 businesses receiving payments. 

Separate business grants of £3000 have been allocated to 55 businesses. £1.6 million of the £2 million fund has been issued. 

The deadline for applications is Thursday March 31. 

Commenting, Mr Salmond said: 

"The Scottish Government's flood fund has been vital in ensuring the recovery and rebuilding of communities affected by the devastating flooding in the North East.

"They showed tremendous resilience and community spirit in the immediate aftermath, and this funding will contribute to the longer-term recovery process. Aberdeenshire Council have been working closely with communities and have been key in ensuring they are supported during what was an incredibly difficult time.  

"I would insist that anyone who has yet to apply for the grant gives serious consideration to doing so before the deadline on March 31."

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Notes to Editors

An online application form is available at: https://online.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/flooding-grant-scheme/.

£1,500 is available to households, static caravan owners, businesses or community groups (such as rugby clubs) where premises have been directly affected by the flooding to enable householders and businesses to protect their home or business against future floods.

Support of £3,000 is also available to businesses that can demonstrate their ability to trade has been severely impacted by the flooding at the beginning of January.

The business grant is being funded separately by Scottish Government and is a one-off payment to offset costs which cannot be covered by existing insurance, for example clean-up costs, materials and exceptional costs to help the business restore trade, such as marketing and promotion.

Only those households and businesses which were directly affected by the flooding in December 2015 and early January 2016 are eligible to apply for the grant.

In a previous statement, Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee Cllr David Aitchison said:

“Over 1000 individuals and businesses have benefitted from the Scottish Government’s Relief Fund being administered locally by Aberdeenshire Council and I’ve been very pleased with the council’s pro-active approach in this regard.

“I encourage those who haven’t applied for a grant to do so as soon as possible.”

Vice Chair Cllr Stephen Smith added:

“I’ve had some very positive feedback about the council’s staff who have been involved in providing help and support to the affected communities and it’s important to recognise that, as well as the multitude of volunteers who came forward to help in the aftermath of the floods.

“It’s good that the relief funding has been reaching those who need it but there may still be others yet to claim and it’s important they do so without delay.”

Director of Infrastructure Services Stephen Archer said:

“We continue to work with communities to recover from flooding from providing help to clear up streets and waterways; repair bridges and roads to the provision of business advice and more.

“The funding support has been welcomed too and we have issued over half of the allocation we received from Scottish Government and processed applications as quickly as possible and I thank our colleagues in finance for their work on this.

“We plan to contact businesses that we know were affected by the flooding to advise them of grant availability if they haven’t already applied as well as checking our own tenants to make sure everyone that is eligible can take advantage.

“I urge those who haven’t already applied to visit the website and apply for funding available before the end of March.”