Flood fund tops £100,000

The Community Foundation for Calderdale has announced that the Upper Valley Flood Fund has reached more than £100,000.

The fund has received a boost of £50,000 from the Recovery Investment for a Stronger Economy (RISE) Fund, which will be drawn from Calderdale Council’s Economic Fighting Fund.

Coun Barry Collins, cabinet member for economy and environment, said: “The council has proposed to allocate £50,000 which will be given to CFFC (Community Foundation for Calderdale) who are dealing with individual applications for emergency funds.”

The flood fund has already given more than £38,000 in grants and cleaning equipment and is currently processing further grant applications from both the first round of flooding and now from the second wave that struck last week.

Steve Duncan, chief executive officer of CFFC, said: “Applications are still coming in from the upper valley.

“Many people were hit very hard, some more than once, and a grant from the Community Foundation for Calderdale can really help people to start to get back on their feet.”