The Rampion Fund is a community benefit fund set up by Rampion Offshore Wind Ltd and managed by Sussex Community Foundation.
The Fund supports organisations working for the benefit of the people of Sussex, with the area of benefit delineated below, from Littlehampton Harbour in the west, to Beachy Head in the east and up to the A272 near Twineham in the north close to the wind farm’s onshore substation.
You can download a map of the whole community benefit fund area here.
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Who can apply?
The Fund is open to charities, community groups and not-for-profit organisations, operating within Area 1. Grants are between £1,000 and £10,000, with higher grants available in exceptional circumstances.
Applications can be made to support any of the below criteria. Priority is also given to those projects that also address local needs in areas of disadvantage.
- Projects that encourage the sustainable use of resources and assist in tackling climate change;
- Projects with a focus on energy use and energy efficiency;
- Renewables and sustainability initiatives for community facilities;
- Support for marine ecology, nature conservation and environmental improvements;
- Projects that enhance awareness, understanding and active engagement of the special nature of the south downs and marine environment, e.g. The Living Coast, UNESCO designation;
- Increasing opportunities for those facing disadvantage and deprivation to take part in onshore and offshore sports and recreational pursuits
- Increasing the value, experience and understanding of the natural heritage by both visitors and residents
Within the Fund, there also are ring-fenced amounts for two specific geographical areas:
- Area 2: East Worthing and Lancing communities – see map here.
- Area 3: A designated area south of the A272 where the electrical substation is situated – see map here.
In these areas, we are still able to support a small number of larger and capital grants of up to £50,000. Projects applying for above £10,000 must secure at least 50% match funding in order to be successful.
A further amount is also available to support sea-user organisations.
How to apply
Applications should be made on the Rampion application form. If you are interested in applying for a larger capital project, please speak initially to our Grants team on 01273 409440.
Please note: we are no longer asking applicants to complete an ‘expression of interest’ form but simply submit a full application.
Examples of projects funded by the Rampion Fund include:
Steyning Downland Scheme
The Steyning Downland Scheme engages the local community, and young people in enhancing the natural beauty of 165 acres of the South Downs National Park for the benefit of the community, the land and its wildlife.
Funding was used to enhance the land around the new ‘gateway’ building, including the installation of an ‘outdoor classroom’ to boost the events programme and a permanent art installation, working with a local artist, students from Steyning Grammar School and wood from the reserve. Funds also went toward the training and qualifications two volunteers to City & Guilds NPTC Level 2 in chainsaw use. These trainees are now able to harvest trees on the reserve for an art installation and for ongoing habitat management. About 80 people were directly involved in constructing the features around the new Gateway. These included approxiately 20 members of the Conservation Volunteers, primary and secondary school children and members of the local Woodcraft Folk group. People benefited from the experience of working together and building relationships, whilst getting fit and having the satisfaction of creating new public features.
Friends of Shoreham Beach
Friends of Shoreham Beach Local Nature Reserve is an organisation set up to maintain and protect the special local natural habitat. They support marine ecology and enhance active awareness and understanding of nature conservation on the Reserve. Funding paid for a professional insect survey on the Reserve which enabled the group to gain a better understanding of insect plant relationships and assist them to protect both. This survey proved the importance of this reserve and therefore the need to conserve it. It has increased understanding of what needs to be done to stop the decline of insect species on the reserve and to halt the present slow degradation of the habitat.
Sustainable Sussex facilitates hands-on activities such as gardening, growing, DIY and other outdoors work, offering meaningful work experience in sustainability. This experience, education and employment is offered to people who find access to the workplace difficult such as those with learning disabilities and other needs. Their projects aim to reduce isolation and encourage interaction between varied sections of society. Funding was to support the planning and community engagement processes to help utilise a space within their farm to become a nature trail, outside learning space and growing area. Funding covered costs such as administration, soil testing, community engagement work and materials.
The group has been able to offer meaningful work experience to people with learning disabilities and people with mental and physical health problems. These are opportunities that they may not find elsewhere.
Sussex Sailability enables disabled people to take part in the sport of sailing. This gives disabled people the opportunity to experience water-sports, learn to sail independently and take part in competitive sailing alongside able-bodied sailors at a club and national level. Ensuring the safety of all sailors and volunteers is a top priority for Sussex Sailability, therefore the funding was to replace and equip the safety boat and ensure that it is maintained to a high standard in order to provide safety cover to disabled sailors in the River Adur and at sea.
In 2018, 60 disabled people took part in over 300 individual sailing experiences. This has given each of these disabled people an opportunity to discover the simple joy of being outside and on the water, to develop their skills and confidence by learning how to sail or to push the limits of their ability by taking part in competitive sailing alongside other able-bodied and disabled sailors.
Green Centre CIC
The Green Centre provides a program of environmental activities, including carefully researched information and advice, for residents of Brighton & Hove including reuse and recycling, renewable energy, sustainable water, local and sustainable food, sustainable transport, land and nature, community and culture, fair-trade and health matters. Your grant financed the first ever One Planet Living (OPL) curriculum which was delivered through their website, an exhibition and workshops. The aim of the curriculum is to deliver a coherant environmental message to the residents of Brighton & Hove. The Centre worked with between 1,000 and 1,200 people every month through this outreach project –working with around 10,000 people across the project.
Community Transport Sussex CIO
CT Sussex aims to provide relief from social isolation to members of the community by keeping them connected through the provision of accessible transport. They cover roughly 1/3 of West Sussex. CTS required funding to replace the ageing diesel Henfield community bus with a new more Eco-efficient mini-bus and 2 fully electric wheelchair accessible vehicles. This has facilitated approximately 9,000 additional passenger journeys in the area.
The grant has made a significant difference to the lives of 154 members who were among the most socially isolated in the community. During this first year the new vehicles have facilitated an additional 2,482 trips, on top of the 110,000 passenger trips already provided. The vehicles now being used have significantly reduced emissions – up to half of what the old ones were using. They are also charged using a solar farm at the depot, so running costs are minimal. The group has diverted those saved transport funds toward its services.
Brighton & Hove Food Partnership
Brighton and Hove Food Partnership are a hub for information, inspiration and connection around food. BHFP help people learn to cook, grow food, eat a healthy diet and waste less. Funding supported the costs of launching the city’s first central Community Kitchen early in 2018 – a space where people can come together to cook, learn new skills and enjoy food together.
The Community Kitchen has provided the city with a teaching kitchen that is well prepared for classes and communal cooking courses. It is fully accessible, purpose-built and has enabled them to expand their offering, ensuring many more people in Brighton & Hove learn about food, share food and, above all, enjoy food. One of the pieces of equipment that the grant allowed them to buy was an adjustable height hob so that people in wheelchairs are able to take part in the sessions. Since opening in May 2018, more than 1,200 people have used the space and the activiites have been supported by a team of 50 volunteers. People report learning new skills, finding confidence to try new foods or cooking techniques and appreciate the social aspect of their approach. Community courses focus on low cost recipes that are high in fruit and veg and low in salt and sugar so people are encouraged to adopt good practices when cooking at home.
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