Property Flood Resilience Funding Scheme

Devon County Council is committed to increasing community resilience in Devon and is supported by DEFRA to deliver property flood resilience (PFR) measures.

Working closely with a number of partners, we aim to help individual property owners be better equipped with the tools and basic defence measures they need to be able to deal with flooding.

A PFR funding scheme has been established to enable homeowners to apply for up to £5,000 to carry out a survey of the property, identifying the required resilience measures and to purchase the recommended measures. Any additional budget requirements will be at the expense of the property owner. Testimonials from residents who have installed PFR can be found on the BeFloodReady Youtube Channel

There is limited funding, with an allocation to be made available each year by DEFRA, Local Levy and DCC. Applications will, therefore, be prioritised based on fixed criteria as set out in the PFR Funding Policy document. This is in order to maximize the number of properties benefiting from this opportunity and to ensure those properties with the greatest need will receive the funding.

If you believe you are eligible to apply for the funding, as detailed in the policy, you must first complete an Application form (also available in PDF format). Completed application forms should be submitted via email to or posted to Flood & Coastal Risk Management, Room 120, County Hall, Topsham Road, Exeter EX2 4QD in order for your application to be considered.

We recommend anyone looking to make an application to also consider signing up for flood warnings from the Environment Agency.

See our PFR process for more information about how the full process works.

Important things to note:

  1. It is the responsibility of individual property owners to protect their homes from flooding and that this funding scheme aims to assist property owners in doing so.
  2. Funding will be allocated subject to the number and priority of applications received and there can be no guarantee of funding being provided, even though the required criteria may have been met.
  3. All funding payments will be made to the survey consultant and product supplier for the specific individual property. No funding will be paid direct to the property owner or their representative/agent.
  4. This is a new initiative being made available by Devon County Council and may be subject to minor amendments as the scheme matures.
  5. The decision of Devon County Council’s prioritisation is final once allocations are approved and confirmed.
  6. The funding is to be used to deliver PFR measures and for the vast majority of properties there are options that a homeowner can take that do not require seeking planning permission. For very sensitive sites (i.e some Listed Properties) where there are no alternatives we will consider, on a case by case basis, the appropriateness of using some of the funding on the cost of a planning application and initial documentation. Where this exceeds the current funding limit this may require the property owner to cover the additional costs, as per the criteria of this funding initiative.

Please note that the Property Flood Resilience (PFR) Funding Scheme was previously named the Property Level Resilience (PLR) Grant Scheme.

Last updated: October 2020