Assessment criteria for the Canterbury Flood Recovery Fund
5 July 2021
MPI have released the criteria for the 4 million dollar fund today. The details are below:
- To enable and assist farmers to a return to a productive state quickly and without undue delay.
- The fund will contribute towards the cost of removal of debris and land remediation.
- Funds will be targeted to those with the most severe damage to their productive capacity.
- The application process and provision of funds will be as simple as possible.
- Applications can be made retrospectively where work has been undertaken.
- An Assessment Panel of local experts and community leaders will help ensure a fair and equitable distribution of funds.
- The priority of funding is for initial clean-up of flood deposited debris - gravel, boulders, trees and silt - where funding is not covered by another mechanism.
- Only Freehold land and land covered by the “Crown Pastoral Land Act 1998” is eligible.
- Only farmers with > 51% of family income coming from the farm are eligible.
- MPI will contribute up to 50% of the uninsurable works’ cost.
- The Assessment Panel will assist MPI to confirm that applications meet eligibility criteria, and then to allocate funds in a fair and equitable manner.
- The panel will be given some discretion to take into account exceptional circumstances (hardship, psychosocial).
- The fund will be open for applications for three weeks.
- MPI will be available to assist farmers to complete their applications.
- Following assessment by the Assessment Panel and MPI, applicants will be informed of the amount of funding offered to them.
- Payment of funds will be made on the basis of receipts received for eligible work completed.
- On completion of the fund a small random selection of applicants will be audited.