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5 July 2011 | PR 11/83

Community groups boosted by University funding

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The work of 19 community groups from across Charnwood has been boosted thanks to funding from Loughborough University’s Community Donations Fund.

At the end of May the University award just under £5k from the Open Fund, one of four categories that make up the overall Community Donations Fund

The groups and the projects receiving support are:

Name of Organisation

Project Funded


1st Nanpantan Scout Group

Purchase of multi use event shelter


4th Shepshed Scout Group

Kitchen re-fit project


14th Loughborough Guides

To set up hardship fund for guides in respect of the 2011 Jamboree.


Act One

Contribution towards the costs of forthcoming show



To help with the costs of trips for children from Shelthorpe/Cobden schools



To fund outdoor promotional banner


Ashby Road Estate Green Fingers

Flower bed project



To fund rehearsal space for stage production


Charnwood Group

For the purchase of lightweight events shelter


Corum East Midlands

Funding for training involving an educational psychologist


Friends of Ashmount School

Materials for the building of a footpath


Haddon Way Residents Association

To fund bulb planting day


Hathern Youth Club

Contribution towards the costs of first aid training


Loughborough Cancer self help group

To fund publicity materials


Loughborough Male voice choir

For the purchase of recording equipment


Shepshed Dolphins Swimming Group

Hire costs of equipment for project for people with disabilities


Possitive Opportunities Social Enterprise

Contribution to the costs of running day sessions for young people with disabilities


SWAG group

To fund the purchase of a new printer



To fund the purchase of shelving and storage equipment.


The community groups receiving awards were presented with their cheques by Caroline Walker, the University’s Interim Chief Operating Officer at an awards ceremony held at Loughborough Town Hall.

Jon Walker, Director of External Affairs at the University is Chair of the panel that considered the bids.  He comments: “We have been able to help over 80 community groups since we launched the Donations Fund.  The range of projects we have supported is staggering and indicates the huge amount of effort that takes place in community groups, often without acknowledgement.  The University is delighted to help these groups in the work they do.”

Over the summer the University will be awarding a further £5k from the Donations Fund.  This will be allocated specifically to community projects members of staff are involved in.  Funding arrangements for the 2011/12 academic year will also be announced over the summer.


For all media enquiries contact:

Alison Barlow
Community Relations Officer
Loughborough University
T: 01509 228696
E: A.J.Barlow@lboro.ac.uk 

Notes for editors:

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2010 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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