A GRANT scheme to help households and businesses affected by flooding has been launched by Fife Council.

The Property Flood Resilience Grant (PFR) scheme will open later this month and provide £500,000 of support for private homes and businesses affected by flooding, with grants of up to £5,000 available per property.

The grants will support private property owners to improve the flood resilience of their homes.

The initiative aims to help people and properties become more resilient to the impacts of flooding and reduce the length of time needed for recovery if flooding were to happen again.

Councillor Jan Wincott, Spokesperson for Environment and Climate Change said: "In recent years, Fife has been impacted by a number of extreme weather events.

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"This new grant scheme to support property resilience will provide much needed help to our communities affected by flooding, as well as putting measures in place to help protect against the risk of flooding.

“As part of our refreshed Climate Fife 2024 Strategy and Action Plan we are focusing on climate resilience, and that includes helping residents and properties become more resilient to flooding.

"Finding solutions to reduce the impact of flooding is just one of the ways that we are adapting to climate change to help our communities prepare for, and respond to, the impacts of climate change."

As part of the process, the council will encourage applicants to contact the Scottish Flood Forum for a property flood assessment report.

More information on eligibility and how to apply for the Property Flooding Resilience grant will be made available when the scheme launches on April 24.