Over 900,000 people[i] in Sussex have benefited from projects funded by the Rampion Wind Farm Fund, says the chief executive of Sussex Community Foundation, Kevin Richmond. “The Fund has had a significant positive impact for almost one million people across our county since it was established three years ago.”
The Fund has given 137 grants to 114 different projects[ii], worth a total of over £1.6 million in grants since 2018. A new report has been launched detailing the impact of the Fund which can be viewed here.
In addition to the community benefits, there have been some impressive stories of the positive impact grants have made to tackle climate change using renewable energy and other sustainable solutions.
“For example, solar is one of the world’s fastest-growing energy technologies,” says Mr Richmond. “The Rampion Fund has played a major role in the charity Care for Veteran’s sustainability plans with an initial grant to help install solar power.”
The charity is now saving around £2,000 on monthly electricity bills and 10.5 tonnes CO2 annually. “The savings made mean that more of the charity’s income can go towards providing their long-term nursing care, rehabilitation, respite and end-of-life care to disabled ex-Service personnel.”
“We’ve been delighted with the local interest in the Rampion Fund and the rich diversity of projects and communities that have been able to benefit,” said Chris Tomlinson, Development and Stakeholder Manager at Rampion Offshore Wind.
“We hope even more community groups will apply for grants towards community-based renewable energy projects to realise the annual energy savings they can bring, while raising awareness of the role renewable energy technologies can make to tackle climate change at a local level.”
The Rampion Fund at Sussex Community Foundation supports organisations working for the benefit of the people of Sussex within an area stretching from Littlehampton Harbour in the west to Beachy Head in the east and up to the A272 near Twineham in the north. Funded projects serve the wider community, with particular interest in environment, ecology, climate change, energy and improved community facilities. The Fund has its own guidance and application form and specific area of benefit.
The closing date for the next round of applications is 26th March 2021.
[ii] Some projects have been funded more than once.