We are delighted to announce that the Rampion Fund has made its second round over grants to 19 community groups who will receive a total of £230,249
Rampion and Sussex Community Foundation have announced that the second round of grants has been distributed from the £3.1 million community fund set up by the offshore wind farm last autumn. Below is a complete list of grants awarded to 19 groups from across East Sussex, West Sussex and the city of Brighton & Hove.
- Lancing Parish Council will receive a large grant of £50,000  towards the redevelopment of the Monks Recreation Ground, including nature area, tree planting, recreation equipment and dog waste powered lighting. This scheme involves an extensive local community partnership, built to develop the project.
- Tide of Light community group received £8,952 for a community project which will include a life size polar bear sculpture made entirely of milk bottles
- Community Transport Sussex received £45,500 to replace their ageing diesel community bus with a new more eco-efficient mini-bus and two fully electric wheelchair accessible vehicles. This will help to provide up to 9,000 passenger journeys and support hundreds more people tackling social isolation
- Ashurst Village Hall received £10,000 to install solar roof panels to the newly built Ashurst village hall in order to enhance its already eco-friendly credentials, which includes an air source heat pump.
Chris Tomlinson, Development and Stakeholder Manager for the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm, said: “We were particularly encouraged by applicants such as Ashurst Village Hall, taking refreshing and progressive approaches to energy generation for their community building, which will save costs in the longer term.”
The Rampion 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.
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, over 50% 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 11th January 2019. For more information, visit Rampion Fund 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.
Rampion Fund second round grants
Benfield Wildlife and Conservation Group
Benfield Wildlife and Conservation Group works to save the rare chalk hillside for future generations on Benfield Hill Hove by weekly winter scrub clearing, identification walks for butterfly, wild flower, moth trapping, glow worm and mammal surveys, newsletters, litter picking and educational talks to include the wider community. The grant will pay for ongoing core costs including the costs of various licences to carry out the work, sharing information and knowledge with other recording groups and the public.
2nd Southwick Scout Group
At the rear of the scout group’s HQ is a small plot of land, not currently used because of poor quality soil and ant infestation. The grant will be used to transform the area into a eco-safe environment for Beavers, Cubs and Scouts to learn planting, growing and cooking fruit and vegetables skills, together with water and compost recycling. It will purchase fruit trees, vegetables, garden tools, a small shed, compost, weed reducing membrane and water butts. Also the site will be redeveloped to provide safe access.
1440 (Shoreham-by-Sea) Squadron, Air Training Corps
1440 (Shoreham) Squadron, RAF Air Cadets promotes a practical interest in aviation and the RAF, provides training useful in the services and civilian life, while allowing young people (12-18 years) to develop leadership skills, good citizenship and a spirit for adventure. This grant will enable them to purchase expedition equipment necessary for young people to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme and to fund training for adult volunteers to achieve Lowland Leader qualifications.
Victoria Park Volunteer Group
The Victoria Park Volunteer Group brings together members of the local community and others, including those with disabilities, to become involved in maintaining their local park. This grant will support them, in conjunction with a local primary school, and another local historical group, The Last Fisherman Standing, to create memorial garden to the beach fishermen of Worthing.
Cycling Without Age – Seaford Chapter
Cycling Without Age volunteer cycle pilots take local elder care homes residents out on cycle rides to feel the wind in their hair! Most rarely have the chance to enjoy an outdoor adventure otherwise. This funding is towards the start-up of the project in Seaford. The main cost is purchasing the specially-adapted, battery-powered trishaw and its delivery. Funds will then be used to promote the scheme, insurance and maintenance of the trishaw.
Refugee Radio is a charity for refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants. It is dedicated to promoting refugee integration and reducing isolation. This grant will support a weekly walking group to enable people suffering from PTSD and depression to improve their wellbeing through engagement with the South Downs and the natural environment. The participants will be refugees, asylum seekers, people with substance misuse problems, people experiencing homelessness and people leaving the armed forces.
Brighton & Hove Citizens Advice Bureau
Citizens Advice Brighton & Hove provides free, confidential, independent and impartial advice, as well as campaigning on the big issues affecting people’s lives. This grant will help to fund the Warmth for Wellbeing project, targeting some of the City’s most vulnerable residents, living in fuel poverty, unable to heat their home and whose health is suffering as a result. The CAB will provide in-depth, ongoing advice and casework support in debt, welfare benefits and energy efficiency and the grant will pay for staff costs.
The Rawson Hall
Rawson Hall is run for the benefit of the inhabitants of the parish of Bolney and provides facilities for recreation or other leisure activities. This grant will pay for the installation of a overhead projector.
KP-Projects mission is to create surprising, intriguing and inspiring outdoor arts performances, installations and community engagement projects for the widest audiences. This grant will help to fund The Living Coast Undersea Experience – a ground-breaking environmental, educational installation, using virtual reality technology. It will enhance awareness and understanding of the special nature of the marine environment of Beachy Head West Marine Conservation Zone, part of The Living Coast recognised as a UNESCO Biosphere Region.
Ashurst Village Hall
Ashurst Village Hall is a brand new purpose built hall for the use of local residents and those of surrounding villages. It provides a central hub for community cohesion. This grant will help to fund the installation of solar roof panels to enhance the hall’s already eco-friendly credentials. The hall already benefits from an air source heat pump and under-floor heating system.
Moulsecoomb Forest Garden & Wildlife Project
Moulsecoomb Forest Garden and Wildlife Project works in one of the city’s most deprived neighbourhoods, primarily with young people struggling in the classroom and adults with learning disabilities. They offer an outdoor education in a natural environment, a chance to learn new skills, gain qualifications and, importantly, to feel part of a supported community. This grant will help fund supported internships, using the garden as a stepping stone to further volunteering and ultimately paid work.
Heene Community Association
Heene Community Association serves the deprived wards of Heene and Central in Worthing. This grant will help to fund a project to challenge knife crime and encourage BME groups and young gangs in Worthing to become integrated, inviting them into the centre and encouraging them into the varying activities of the centre and build positive friendships with other local young people at the cafe .
Ouse & Adur Rivers Trust
Ouse and Adur River Trust is dedicated to the environmental protection and enhancement of the rivers Ouse and Adur, their tributaries and the surrounding riparian habitat. This grant will help fund work with the local community of Sompting to establish a citizen science project, Helping Hands for Harvest Mice. This project will see the community involved in surveying and tracking harvest mice on the Sompting Brooks. The grant will support the collection, processing and analysis of data on this elusive and little understood species.
Community Transport Sussex
Community Transport Sussex keeps the community connected through the provision of accessible transport. This grant will enable the group to replace the ageing diesel Henfield community bus with a new more eco-efficient mini-bus and two fully electric wheelchair accessible vehicles. This will mean the group will be able to provide approximately 9,000 additional passenger journeys in the area and help hundreds more people.
Transition Town Worthing
Transition Town Worthing enable the community in Worthing and district to live more sustainably, while raising awareness about the effects and ways to mitigate and address climate change. This grant will help to fund a continued Community Energy Local service which alleviates fuel poverty in Worthing, assists people and community groups to assess and improve their use of energy and, if desired, switch suppliers, including to renewable sources, and to better insulate their homes and buildings, so continuing to reduce CO2 emissions.
Lancing Parish Council
Lancing Parish Council set up the Monks Rec Improvement Project Working Group in 2016 to ensure core users of the park were engaged and involved with the regeneration of the open space. This grant will fund the first stage of the project by undertaking the general site clearance, preparation and excavation of Monks Rec, including the creation of a bio retention area and dog waste powered lighting. It will fund equipment, materials, labour and construction.
Feedback combats food waste and helps to build a sustainable and healthy food system. The group takes local volunteers out to farms and orchards to salvage vegetables and fruit which otherwise would simply go to waste. This grant will help to support the costs of running these volunteer gleaning sessions.
Tide of Light Community Group
The Tide of Light community group delivers a series of community art events throughout the year, culminating in a community lantern parade and festival-style party each autumn in Worthing. This grant will support delivery of a series of in-school and community activities, aimed at primary schools and community groups in Central and East Worthing, focused on recycling.
Carers Centre for Brighton & Hove
The Young Carers Project supports those who have caring roles for relatives with physical disabilities, long-term illnesses, mental health conditions, learning disabilities and substance misuse issues. They offer one-to-one support, group activities and advocacy services to children and young people (aged six to 17). This grant will help to support the Our World project, offering a mixture of creative workshops and fun, respite activities, allowing young carers to enjoy childhood opportunities which other families take for granted.
 subject to match-funding