Rampion has announced it is to launch a £4 million community fund, which is set to benefit communities across Sussex.
As well as incorporating a £3.1 million community benefit fund to support local community groups, charities and not-for-profit organisations, £800,000 will be invested in a Rampion Visitor Centre to be located in the seafront arches just east of the i360 in Brighton. A charitable donation of £100,000 is also being made to the local RNLI stations.
The Rampion Fund at Sussex Community Foundation has been made available to support 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 close to the wind farm’s onshore substation. It 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.
Chris Tomlinson, Development and Stakeholder Manager for the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm, said: “We’re delighted to be able to launch the Rampion Fund being managed by Sussex Community Foundation. Our aim is to make a real difference to people living in the area surrounding the wind farm and we hope many organisations will apply to the fund to support their local Sussex projects.”
The community benefit fund will be managed by Sussex Community Foundation, a local grant-making charity with a successful track record in managing community funds and supporting local charities and community groups. Grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 are available, with higher grants up to £50,000 for larger capital projects.
Kevin Richmond, Chief Executive of Sussex Community Foundation, said: “We’re pleased to be chosen to work with Rampion to help manage this community fund. This fund will have a very positive long term impact for local charities and community groups. We are excited to be managing it and we will make sure that it reaches the local groups that most need the funding. The deadline for the first round of grant making is Friday 12th January 2018 and the full criteria can be found here.”
The 400MW Rampion project, being built 13km off the Sussex coast by E.ON, the UK Green Investment Rampion Ltd and Canadian energy infrastructure company Enbridge, will, when complete provide enough electricity to supply almost 347,000 homes a year, equivalent to around half the homes in Sussex. Installation of the 116 turbines was completed in September. The project is due to be completed and fully operational in 2018.
More details about the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm including key facts and news updates, plus a photo and a video gallery can be found here.