23 January 2020

Big Energy Saving Week: 17 Sussex groups benefit from Rampion Fund by over £200,000

This week is Big Energy Saving Week and the Rampion Fund is delighted to announce that it has given out over £200,000 in its latest round of grant-making to 17 local projects that involve renewable energy, energy conservation, energy efficiency and sustainability.

Since its launch in 2017, the Fund has supported 177 projects and committed over £1.2 million in funding to Sussex-based projects.

Chris Tomlinson, Development and Stakeholder Manager for the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm, said: “We have created a unique theme for the Rampion Fund, by helping to raise awareness of the need for energy conservation, renewable energy and sustainable transport solutions at community level.  We are delighted with how many brilliant projects we have been able to support, which are reducing carbon emissions from community organisations while saving them valuable fuel costs which they can put to better uses to improve their facilities. The Fund has also raised awareness of carbon saving initiatives through direct work with schools and community engagement activities. ”

The Rampion Fund is managed by Sussex Community Foundation, and 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.

Pictured are staff and residents at Care for Veterans in Worthing who received £50,000 of Rampion funding in 2018 to install solar panels on the roof of their building, a registered 60 bed charity supporting ex-Service personnel. Since completion, the solar panels have been supplying over one-third of the charity’s energy needs.

The next deadline for applications is Friday 27th March 2020 – please visit www.sussexgiving.org.uk/rampion for more information. Here are details of the groups and projects funded in the latest round.


Age UK East Sussex £20,000 Age Concern East Sussex is supports local older people. This grant will help them to buy electric gardening vans throughout Newhaven, Peacehaven and Seaford to support their popular and successful gardening and recycling services. Part of the grant will be used for project management and service coordination.
Care for Veterans £24,343 Care for Veterans provides long-term nursing care, rehabilitation, respite and award-winning end-of-life care to disabled ex-Service personnel. This grant will enable them to buy an electric mini-ambulance (a Nissan eNV-200) – a wheelchair-adapted vehicle to replace their ageing, inefficient diesel mode. This project is part of an on-going greening project.
Fareshare £5,000 Fareshare redistributes surplus food from the food industry to local charities and community groups that support vulnerable people, such as food banks. This grant will help to cover some of the core costs to deliver the service, such as staff and volunteer costs, warehouse rental costs, van rental and fuel.
Creative Waves Community Arts £8,656 Creative Waves designs and delivers inspiring community projects. Through creative and participatory activities, the group works to improve public spaces. They will commission a bespoke recycling bin, in the shape of a 5ft high giant fish head. The see-through metal sculpture will be a fully functioning recycling bin, installed on the seafront, east of Worthing Pier. It will also be moved to Lancing and, in addition, an exhibition will inform the public about the need to reduce waste.
Dial-a-Ride Southern Service £24,199 Dial-a-Ride Southern provides a service to those in the local community who, for various reasons, cannot use or access mainstream transport. This funding will replace one ageing diesel minibus with a new more eco-efficient Eru 6 mini-bus and two fully electric wheelchair accessible vehicles.
Feedback £10,000 This funding will enable the continuation and expansion of the Sussex Gleaning Network’s activity. Their work in Sussex takes volunteers to farms and orchards to salvage fresh, surplus vegetables and fruit which otherwise would go to waste.
Hut 34 £5,000 Hut 34 provides an educational, therapeutic space, filled with sensory and interactive sculpture, aimed primarily, but not exclusively, at children and young adults with learning and physical disabilities and adults with dementia. This funding will enable HUT34 to purchase a sustainable power setup.
Low Carbon Trust £10,000 The Low Carbon Trust is a community organisation, delivering environmental projects with the objective of tackling climate change. This funding would enable them to increase the subsidy of their environmental education programme for local schools, based at the Earthship Brighton. Priority will be given to schools in Whitehawk, Moulescoomb, Woodingdean and Coldean.
Moulsecoomb Forest Garden & Wildlife Project £9,600 Moulsecoomb Forest Garden and Wildlife Project works 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 funding will enable the project to reach more pupils, including working with them out-of-hours, when they show real potential or need extra tutoring to pass a qualification, or simply need a safe space.
Ouse & Adur Rivers Trust £18,993 This funding will assist in delivering the objectives of the Heritage-funded EPIC Project to create a high-quality accessible area of green space, specifically a new river trail and 6.9 hectares of hand sown wildflower meadows, providing unrestricted access to a historically private landholding.
Shoreham Sailing Club £10,000 Shoreham Sailing Club offers dinghy sailing to members from the local community. Based on Shoreham Beach and a base for the Adur Sailing Club and Lancing Scouts, this funding is for a new safety boat with the capacity to accommodate people in a sheltered space, providing a dry, stable and safe platform for those rescued and those they are trying to assist.
StepUpTech £2,500 StepUpTech uses learning and the application of knowledge in a developing world context to engage its beneficiaries. The entire programme engages young people with sustainable technologies. This funding will provide workshops for young people to engage in science, technology, engineering and maths – from building smokeless stoves, using readily available sustainable materials (clay), to educating deforestation by creating more efficient methods of biomass for cooking with (briquettes and rocket stoves), and using modern technologies to capture energy from waste heat.
Steyning Community Hub £17,200 Steyning Community Hub provides facilities in the local area. One of the primary users of the facility are Steyning Town Community FC. This funding will be used to provide new LED floodlights for the facility which will sit on top of the existing floodlight poles. The pitch is in use six nights per week and the current halogen floodlights are very expensive to run and cause a lot of light pollution for local residents.
Surf Solace £1,250 Surf Solace provides free sea-based activities to improve young people’s mental health and well-being. They educate young people about the environment, the ocean and provide recreational and leisure opportunities to improve the conditions of their lives. This funding will be used to purchase ten sets of wetsuit gloves and boots, rash boots and dry robes for participants attending their courses.
Sussex Community Development Association £20,000 Sussex Community Development Association delivers a range of projects to meet the needs of the community across East Sussex. This funding is part of a wider bid to build a new youth centre and this grant will support the energy efficiency, conservation and sustainability elements of the new centre – namely, insulation, cladding, air source heat pump and underfloor heating system.
Transition Town Worthing £10,000 The aims of Transition Town Worthing are to enable Worthing and its surrounding areas to become a more sustainable community, through protecting the environment and promoting sustainable development. The project provides eco houses and opportunities for residents and visitors to see practical examples of sustainable living. This funding will provide project management, recruitment of volunteers, production of a colour brochure, press and publicity and video production.
We Are Food Pioneers £9,970 We Are Food Pioneers is a Worthing-based social enterprise with a mission to enable food-based experiences and events. This funding will support the Worthing Honey Collective to address the severe decline in pollinators in the area by proactively introducing more pollinators to the town. Volunteer bee keepers will become community experts in looking after honeybee hives.


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 £38 million and given out £16.5 million grants. It is building an endowment fund, which currently totals £22 million and will benefit Sussex communities for years to come.

The Rampion Offshore Wind Farm has been fully operationally since 2018 and is the first offshore wind farm on the UK’s south coast. Rampion Offshore Wind Farm will generate enough green electricity to power the equivalent of around 350,000 UK homes annually. This is equal to almost half of the homes in Sussex. Rampion Offshore Wind Limited is a Joint venture between RWE Renewables Limited, E.ON UK, The Green Investment Group and Enbridge. Further details about Rampion including key facts and news updates, plus a photo and a video gallery can be found at rampionoffshore.com


For more information, contact:

Miranda Kemp 01273 409440 or miranda.kemp@sussexgiving.org.uk



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