The Lancashire Flood Appeal

An appeal by the Community Foundation for Lancashire Growing stronger communities together

The Community Foundation's Lancashire Flood Appeal supports those in need in the county who are victims of the December Floods.

Launched by Community Foundation for Lancashire on 8 December 2015, the Flood Appeal raises funds to directly support individuals and families in hardship and vital community organisations and resident groups in the areas affected by the floods. It provides emergency response support and clean-up support via charitable donations and grants.

The Appeal was kick-started by the Community Foundation with a £5,000 donation from its own Lancashire Community Investment Fund. Within 24 hours Lancaster Council agreed to dedicate £10,000 from their Lancaster Community Fund. Since then donations have been received from members of the pubic, local businesses, philanthropists and charitable trusts and funders, including Comic Relief. Partnerships have also been set up to raise the Appeal’s profile and secure more donations for those communities, including with the Daily Mail.

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Support the Lancashire Flood Appeal

You can support the Lancashire Flood Appeal in the following ways:


  • Donate online here:
  • Donate via text by texting LFLD15 and your donation amount, eg. £10 to 70070
  • Donations can be made by cheque and sent to our North West Office @ 3rd Floor Stanley Building, 43 Hanover Street L1 3DN


               Gift Aid

Funds raised will be distributed to contribute to clean-up costs, emergency repairs, clothing, food and drink, heating and heating equipment, childcare equipment and basic furniture, especially in North Lancashire.


You can also contact your local council for more information on Flood Recovery Support:

South Ribble – 01772 421491

Pendle – 01282 661661

Ribble Valley – 01200 425111

West Lancashire – 01695 577177

Rossendale – 01706 217777

Chorley – 01257 515142

Lancaster – 01524 582000

Wyre – 01253 891000

Major funders are: Comic Relief and Lancaster Council.

Lord Shuttleworth gives thanks to resilient communities

Lord Shuttleworth gives thanks to resilient communities

When the Community Foundation for Lancashire's Flood Recovery Appeal reached a staggering £1 million a thank you event was arranged in Whalley Village Hall to give thanks to everyone involved in the recovery process. The Community Foundation's president, Lord Charles Shuttleworth Lord-Lieutenant for Lancashire, attended the event to give his personal thanks to the resilient communities and to the Community Foundation for their speedy response to the disaster.

Listen to the full speech here

Strengthening Communities Fund Launched

Strengthening Communities Fund Launched


The Community Foundation for Lancashire’s Flood Recovery Appeal has today launched the “Strengthening Communities Fund”, designed to help community groups affected by the December 2015 floods to increase the resilience of their local community.

 The launch of this Fund coincides with a Ministerial visit today to Irwell Vale by the Floods Minster, Rory Stewart MP with Jake Berry MP. Mr Stewart praised the Community Foundation and the Lancashire’s communities, including in Irwell Vale, for their efforts in rebuilding communities since December.

Read full story here


Flood-hit alpaca farm celebrates financial aid

Flood-hit alpaca farm celebrates financial aid


Community Foundatio for Lancashire paid a visit to see Mrs Judith Ainley who runs The Alpaca Experience in Wyre, an alternative centre for young children and adults suffering from mental health issues to come and interact/ walk with the gentle animals.


Read full story here

Lancashire has always been a generous place and we hope local people and businesses will give however much they can afford. There is a great need for fellow Lancastrians to help each other right now and I hope they will do their bit to support those in desperate need.

Community Foundation President Lord Shuttleworth


Funds for Individuals 


This fund is not currently live but applications can still be considered on an ad-hoc basis for projects relating to the 2015 flooding and flood resilience measures.  Please contact Joan Ford to check if your project would be eligible -


For individuals: Guidelines-for-individuals.doc 

Online Application* Form: Click Here 

Please note: If you have or are going to receive your £500 grant from your local council, please state this in your application.

*For any building quotes we receive with grant applications for the Flood Appeal that the applicant is advised by the County Council and Health & Safety Executive to gain three quotes and ideally use a builder from the Safe Trader Scheme -



Strengthening Communities Fund


This fund is not currently live but applications can still be considered on an ad-hoc basis for projects relating to the 2015 flooding and flood resilience measures.  Please contact Joan Ford to check if your project would be eligible -


As part of its third stage the Community Foundation is now looking to support voluntary and community organisations who wish to put plans into action to help them cope better with future storms and flooding and to be able to respond pro-actively to emergencies and natural disasters in their community.  We also want to support communities that have come together as a result of the flooding and build on this community spirit.  

We encourage local people to come together and discuss ways in which they can make their communities more resilient in future.

The closing date is Friday 7thth October 2016. NB. If you are not able to get quotes for building work by the closing date then please submit the application form by the deadline and forward the quotes as soon as possible thereafter.   

For further information on how to apply to the Strengthening Communities Fund Please click here. 


Household flood resilience grant


The Government has announced details of a scheme to help householders and businesses make their properties more resistant to future floods.

Under the scheme, householders and businesses affected by Storms Desmond and Eva can apply for grants of up t`o £5,000 to help make their homes more resilient to flooding in the future. 

The grants, administered by local district councils, are intended to help homeowners and businesses put in measures which improve the property’s resilience or resistance to flooding, over and above repairs that would normally be covered by insurance. 

Read more information on how to apply here.


Donating Items 


For donations of food, furniture and other items, please contact your nearest food bank, such as Olive Branch in Lancaster, the local Council for Voluntary Service, community centre, church or mosque.