Rampion funds grants of over £400,000 to Sussex communities
We have been absolutely delighted with the response from community organisations who have put forward many innovative and exciting projects in support of a diverse range of community groups
46 community groups to receive a total of £405,865 from Rampion Fund first round
Sussex Sailability awarded £22,360 to buy a new safety boat for disabled sailors
Brighton & Hove Food Partnership awarded £20,000 to open a central community kitchen
Sussex Community Development Association awarded £9,864 to create a range of recreational group activities in and around the South Downs National Park
Rampion and the Sussex Community Foundation have today (24 April) announced that the first grants have been distributed from the £3.1 million community fund set up by the offshore wind farm last autumn.
Chris Tomlinson, Development and Stakeholder Manager for the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm: said: “We have been absolutely delighted with the response from community organisations who have put forward many innovative and exciting projects in support of a diverse range of community groups.
“The Rampion Fund has a unique appeal with many project bids incorporating renewable energy installations and energy conservation measures, which we continue to encourage in future rounds.”
The fund is designed to help fund local projects, particularly those with links to the environment and ecology, climate change and energy, as well as those that work to improve community facilities, with some consideration for energy generation and use.
Chris Hodge, Chairman of Sussex Sailability said: “Rampion Fund's generous support will enable Sussex Sailability to buy a new safety boat to support disabled sailors get active on the water. I am delighted that the Rampion Fund is part of changing disabled people's lives by building their independence and confidence and helping them to enjoy the great Sussex coast.”
Sussex Community Development Association (SCDA) is also delighted to receive a grant from the Rampion Fund, which will help them encourage people to enjoy Sussex’s green and open spaces. Penny Shimmin, Chief Executive of SCDA, said: “People are often reluctant to get out and enjoy the beautiful green spaces which surround our coastal towns. There are great health and wellbeing benefits for all, whatever your physical abilities, and you do not need to have special gear. SCDA supports people who do not think this is for them or have fears of practical barriers. With this funding, we can now help start up groups to get out for a walk, look at the view and get involved with an outdoor activity.’’
Brighton & Hove Food Partnership has received funding to support the costs of launching a city-central community kitchen. Brighton & Hove Food Partnership’s Vic Borrill said: Thank you Rampion for helping us to make our dream of a community kitchen a reality. Your support means that we will be able to convert a former office space into a teaching kitchen and venue for hire. We can’t wait to get cooking.”
The Rampion Fund is managed by Sussex Community Foundation, a local grant-making charity. It supports the local community, from Littlehampton Harbour in the west, to Beachy Head in the east and up to the A272 near Twineham in the north.
Kevin Richmond, Chief Executive at Sussex Community Foundation, said: “We were delighted with the quality of the applications we received, 40% of which were from groups that had never applied to us before. That was very encouraging as we are always looking to reach out to sections of the community that need support from our growing band of fund-holders and donors.”
The deadline for the next round of applications to the Rampion Fund is Friday 4th May 2018. For more information, visit www.sussexgiving.org.uk/rampion or call 01273 409440. Grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 are available, with higher grants up to £50,000 for larger capital projects subject to matched funding.
The Rampion Offshore Wind Farm is being built 13km off the Sussex coast by E.ON, Canadian energy infrastructure company Enbridge and a consortium comprising of the Green Investment Group, Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund 5 and the Universities Superannuation Scheme. The project is due to be completed later this year. Further details about Rampion including key facts and news updates, plus a photo and a video gallery can be found at rampionoffshore.com.
Notes to editors
Sussex Community Foundation raises funds for and makes grants to local charities and community groups across East and West Sussex and Brighton & Hove. They support Sussex donors to maximise their charitable giving, connecting them to the causes and communities they want to support.
A complete list of grants awarded to 46 groups from across East Sussex, West Sussex and the city of Brighton & Hove is available on request.
Pictured left to right: David Carroll, Patrick Soulijaert and Adrian Cumberworth from Sussex Sailability, Hannah Clay, Programme Manager at Sussex Community Foundation, Chris Tomlinson, Development and Stakeholder Manager for the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm along with Tony McCoy and Oliver Forsyth also from Sussex Sailability.
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