In November 2017, Rampion Offshore Wind announced a £4 million community fund, a voluntary commitment to recognise its permanent place in the local community. The fund includes a donation of £100,000 to the local RNLI stations to help keep people safe at sea, and an investment of £800,000 into creating a Rampion visitor centre.
The remaining £3.1million Rampion Fund is designed to help local projects that benefit the broad community in central Sussex (see map), particularly those with links to the environment and ecology, climate change and energy, as well as those that work to improve community facilities. Priority will be given to projects which benefit disadvantaged people and communities.
One of the potential themes for project applications is for initiatives that enhance awareness, understanding and active engagement in the special nature of the local environment of Sussex, this linking in particular with The Living Coast mission.
The Fund is being 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 to charities, community groups and not-for-profit organisations, with higher grants of up to £50,000 for larger capital projects. Application rounds are every 4 months, with the first deadline being 12th January 2018.
The aim is to make a real difference to people living in the area surrounding the wind farm and Rampion hopes that many organisations will apply to the fund to support their local projects. Good luck!
For more information about the Rampion Fund at Sussex Community Foundation or to apply, visit www.sussexgiving.org.uk/rampion or call 01273 409440.