The Rampion Fund gives grants of up to £50,000 to support organisations and projects that benefit the broad community, in particular those with links to environment and ecology, climate change and energy, and improved community facilities. Here are two projects that benefitted in the very first round of grant-making by Rampion.
The Grow Project (above) received a £5,000 grant from the Rampion Fund to support its work with adults with mental health issues in the Brighton & Hove area. They arrange nature-based activities that have a significant positive impact on people’s mental health and wellbeing. This funding enabled them to run two 8-week courses called The Season, where groups of 12 people visited the National Trust’s Saddlescombe Farm and other locations on the South Downs to carry out a wide range of activities to suit mood, energy level, physical ability and interest.
One participant was Valerie (not real name) who said: “My well being was transformed by the end of each Grow day. I honestly loved the whole experience – it provided an anchor one day a week and its effects have helped carry me on positively through the week. I have learned more about myself, what is essential for me and how to allow others to help me. I feel more part of a community. The Grow group has been very important in restoring some faith in being acceptable and accepted by people.”
Association Cybele organises diep~haven, an annual cross-channel arts festival in East Sussex and Normandy, focused around Newhaven and Dieppe. They received a £4,700 Rampion Fund grant to fund an artist-led education project and exhibition with local school groups in Newhaven, producing solargraphs with long exposure pinhole cameras made from recycled drinks cans which were then exhibited at the Southease YHA, Bishopstone railway station and across the Southern Rail network, as part of diep~haven festival 2018. The display of the children’s work at Bishopstone station was particularly successful, where the station requested that the works on the platform stay in place indefinitely.
Grants of up to £50,000 are available and the fund has its own criteria/geographical reach. More information here