Conservation, sports and community welfare groups are among the Adur and Worthing winners in the latest round of grants to be awarded by the Rampion Fund.
Set to benefit local not-for-profit organisations in the region around the new Rampion Offshore Wind Farm off the Sussex Coast, the fund has set aside £3.1 million to benefit the community.from Littlehampton in the east to Beachy Head in the west and north from the coast to Twineham.
The first round of funding has been announced – and a number of groups in the Adur and Worthing area have benefitted. These include:
-3rd Worthing (Broadwater) Scout Group – £2,000
Grant will purchase new equipment and training, to enable them to offer rock climbing to their young people
-Care for Veterans – £50,000
Care for Veterans provides long-term nursing care, rehabilitation, respite and award-winning end of life care to disabled ex-Service personnel. The project is to install Solar Panel System on the roofs of buildings in order to reduce energy costs, generate an income, future proofing against rising energy tariffs and improving assets.
-Esteem – £8,500
The Shoreham charity aims to empower young people aged 14-26 years through youth led projects, unique opportunities and 1:1 mentoring; The funding will help provide a Help & Support Project Worker who will support approximately 100 young people who are in crisis in the Adur & Worthing district.
-Friends of Shoreham Beach – £1,800
The funding will pay for a professional insect survey on the Local Nature Reserve which will enable the group to gain a better understanding of insect plant relationships and assist us to protect both.
-Lancing Kitesurfing Club – £7,310
Funding will provide free training for local children through 10x2hr powerkite and beach awareness sessions (per year over 3 years). Will also build the a pool of skilled volunteers to support this training and continue Lancing Kitesurfing club for subsequent years.
-Lancing Park Run – £2,000
This funding will enable Lancing Park Run to register with parkrun and set up a new event. The set up fee covers all the kit, insurances and admin associated with setting up a newevent, and from there on it is a free event.
-Lancing Sailing Club – £10,000
This project is to purchase a small group of durable sailboats which have been designed with training for beginners and young sailors in mind. The club would then insure and maintain these boats indefinitely. The boats would be used in a series of low cost training days (£10 for 3 days) on Saturdays throughout summer.
-Shoreham Rowing Club – £9,962
Purchase a new Coastal Rowing Four Boat(four crew plus cox) to train and develop new members and for established members to race within the Coastal Amateur Rowing Association Regattas.
-South Downs Leisure – £3,858
The grant will cover the cost of running The GreenDreams community event, enabling a diverse range of activities, including environmental conservation workshops, interactive wildlife experiences and free mind body sessions.
-Sustainable Sussex & South Downs Leisure Trust – £5,000
Support the planning and community engagement processes to help utilise a space within the farm to become a nature trail, outside learning space and growing area.
-We are FoodPioneers CIC – £10,000
Establish an innovative seaweed project ‘From the Sea Health’ to restore and celebrate the town’s connections with a food and fertiliser source that is also vital for the marine environment and wildlife.
Jo Clarke, the Councils’ Communities and Third Sector Lead, said: “We are very please that community-minded groups across our communities have been awarded these grants for their hard work and initiative.
“We look forward to seeing the projects progress in the coming months.”
For more details visit: https://www.rampionoffshore.com/community/benefit-fund/
The Rampion Community Benefit Fund aims to make a real difference to local communities by supporting worthwhile projects and local initiatives.