Rampion and the Sussex Community Foundation announced on 24 April that the first grants have been distributed from the £3.1 million community fund set up by the offshore wind farm last autumn. The 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. Sussex Sailability was successful in its application to the fund and secured a donation of £22k.
Chris Hodge, Chairman of Sussex Sailability said: “Rampion Fund’s generous support will enable Sussex Sailability to buy a new safety boat to support disabled sailors get active on the water. I am delighted that the Rampion Fund is part of changing disabled people’s lives by building their independence and confidence and helping them to enjoy the great Sussex coast.”
Chris Tomlinson, Development and Stakeholder Manager for the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm: said: “We have been absolutely delighted with the response from community organisations who have put forward many innovative and exciting projects in support of a diverse range of community groups. The Rampion Fund has a unique appeal with many project bids incorporating renewable energy installations and energy conservation measures, which we continue to encourage in future rounds.”
Chris Tomlinson and Hannah Clay from Sussex Community Foundation made a visit to Sussex Sailability to celebrate the announcement of the grant award and met Sailability sailors and volunteers David Carroll, Patrick Soulijaert, Adrian Cumberworth, Tony McCoy and Oliver Forsyth – all pictured.