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Rampion Fund grants £230,000 to Sussex communities

Nineteen community groups to receive a total of £230,249 from Rampion Fund second round.

  • Lancing Parish Councilwill receive a large grant of £50,000 [1]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 in Worthing 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, based in Chailey and operating all over 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.

Rampion and the Sussex Community Foundation have today (25 July) 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. Overleaf is a complete list of grants awarded to 19 groups from across East Sussex, West Sussex and the city of Brighton & Hove.

Chris Tomlinson, Development and Stakeholder Manager for the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm said: “We wereparticularly 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 14thSeptember 2018. For more information, visit www.sussexgiving.org.uk/rampion 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.

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Notes to editors

Sussex Community Foundation raises funds for and makes grants to local charities and community groups across East and West Sussex and Brighton & Hove. They support Sussex donors to maximise their charitable giving, connecting them to the causes and communities they want to support. Since 2006, the Foundation has raised £30 million and given out £13 million grants. It is building an endowment fund, which currently totals £17 million and will benefit Sussex communities for years to come.

The Rampion Offshore Wind Farmis being built 13km off the Sussex coastby E.ON, Canadian energy infrastructure company Enbridge and a consortium comprising of the Green Investment Group, Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund 5 and the Universities Superannuation Scheme. The project is due to be completed later this year.   Further details about Rampion includingkey facts and news updates, plus a photo and a video gallery can be found at rampionoffshore.com