The criteria and application process for the Emergency Relief Fund has been finalised by Mayor Neil Brown of Ashburton District Council
From Monday (7th June), applications will be accepted and considered to support individuals and families with essential costs of daily life not covered by insurance or other funds.
The fund will help where an immediate need exists. The outpouring of support from communities all over the country in the wake of the Ashburton Floods has been incredible and the relief fund provides a further avenue of support for those in need, said Ashburton Mayor Neil Brown. “The eligibility to apply is reasonably wide in the hope those in real need are not in any way inhibited from gaining the support they need.”
Application forms will be available online from the Councils’ websites on Monday where applicants will also find the criteria under which the funds will be distributed.
“Since the fund opened for donations the Government has committed $500,000 and there’s been generous support from the community through private and commercial donations.
The fund will be available to support local businesses whose activities have been restricted by the floods.
It will also be available to help meet extraordinary costs of not-for-profit organisations providing care for animals.
“In the meantime, if there is an immediate financial need not covered by insurance or other forms of assistance, people are advised to apply as soon as possible.”
Flood-related hardship grants
Support for individuals and households affected by the 2021 Flood is the priority in payments from this fund. Grants are paid out to successful applicants in a one-off payment.
In order to be eligible for the grant:
(a) At the time you apply, you must be experiencing hardship as a result of the May 2021 Ashburton Flood
(b) You must have been resident in the Ashburton District on 28 May 2021;
(c) You must be at least 16 years of age;
(d) Only one application will be considered for each household
Please provide material supporting the application and demonstrating that your circumstances are due to the Flooding.
Where an application is successful, the amount of the grant will be decided by Emergency Relief Fund Allocations Panel, depending on your situation and the evidence you provide of the hardship or loss. The amount of the grant will depend on circumstances
All grants are subject to the availability of the funding. Funds are limited and will be paid out in
order of the applications received.
Means of payment
Grants will be paid directly into a bank account in the name of the applicant (or into a joint account where the name of the applicant is one of the joint names on the account).
Process for all applications
In order to apply for a grant, you must complete an Emergency Relief Fund application form available from the Council website.
All applications are assessed by the Emergency Relief Funding Allocations Panel, who meet monthly and aim to make all payments on/before the last working day of the month the application is received.
Organisation applied to, Nature of assistance & Amount received
Any documents or material that supports your application by demonstrating that the hardship or loss is due to the May 2021 Ashburton Flood
A copy of an electricity account, phone account or bank statement showing your name and your usual residential address
Details of the bank account you wish the grant to be paid in to (attach either a printed deposit slip, or a copy of a bank statement showing your name and account number)
I/we declare that the information provided is true and correct. I/we understand this application may be declined if any of the above information is not correct. I/we grant permission for the Ashburton District Council to contact other relevant government or non-government organisations for the purpose of considering this application. I/we also understand the Privacy Act 1993 entitles me to have access to, and if necessary request correction of, the information.