Fund launches to help flood-hit farmers
16th October 2023
Farming and crofting families who were seriously affected by recent flooding in Scotland are being encouraged to apply for support from RSABI’s new Flooding Fund.
RSABI has made £100,000 available to help those worst affected by the severe flooding in Scotland this month.
The charity is offering payments of up to £1,000 per farming family business for those who experienced the greatest loss as a result of the extreme rainfall and flooding – which began on 6th October.
Those who have sustained serious losses or damage are being encouraged to complete an online application form which is available via RSABI’s website and social media platforms.
The funding will be provided, at RSABI’s discretion, to those who meet the eligibility criteria and are able to provide details and evidence of damage and losses.
RSABI is also working with the team at Forage Aid to assess what demand there is for replacement bedding, feed and forage and the charity is asking farmers who have lost these supplies due to the flooding to email email@example.com
RSABI chief executive Carol McLaren said the charity has received reports of people who have sustained damage to property, vehicles and fencing.
“The past week has been a very trying one for many farming families in the worst-hit parts of Scotland as they have been trying to recover from one of the greatest sustained periods of heavy rain for decades. We are launching this fund to show our support to those who have been significantly affected by the flooding.”
Ms McLaren said RSABI had been very touched by the offers of donations and supplies of silage and straw from farmers in other parts of the country keen to support those who had sustained losses.
“We have been moved by the support being offered by people in the agricultural community who are keen to help fellow farmers at this very difficult time for those affected. This tide of emotional support is very valuable in itself and we hope it will help to lift the spirits of those who have suffered loss in the past week.
“We would encourage anyone who has lost vital supplies needed to feed and bed livestock through the coming winter to please get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to allow us to assess the level of demand for a Forage Aid response.”
You can find further information and a link to the online form to apply for funding via https://www.rsabi.org.uk/rsabi-launches-100000-flooding-fund-for-farmers/