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17 Jun 2016

Community groups receive University funding for projects

Community activities ranging from arts and crafts sessions to outdoor excursions have been supported by the University’s Community Donations Fund.

The University has supported local groups and organisations through its Special Projects Fund and Open Fund in the latest round of community donations.

John Storer House and Thorpe Acre Residents Association each received £15,000 through the Special Projects Fund, which is designed to support projects that are ‘one off’ in nature.

The funding for John Storer House will help to improve and modernise their lift service to ensure visitors using the building can access and use the lift with ease.

Thorpe Acre Residents Association will use the funding to purchase and create a new community hub in Thorpe Acre which will be accessible to all local residents.

A wide range of community groups were also presented with cheques through the University’s Open Fund. For the first time there were two rounds for this fund, with 11 community groups awarded funding worth £6,000 back in November.

The groups and projects receiving support included:

 10th Loughborough Guides

 Funding for Guide trip in Long Whatton  that take places every five years

 Hind Leys College

 Funding for mentoring and outdoor  therapy programme

 Charnwood Arts

 Funding to create an animal based arts  trail around Queens Park for this year’s  Picnic in the Park


 Resources for arts and crafts sessions

 Age UK Leicestershire & Rutland

 Funding to update wheelchairs and  wheelchair restraints in minibus

 Rawlins Under 5’s Playgroup

 Funding to refurbish outdoor space and  make it a stimulating place for children  to play

 7th Loughborough Emmanuel  Scout Group

 Purchase four new tents to replace broken and aged equipment

 Forest Road Green Belt  Gardeners

 Develop Loughborough’s fruit trail by  planting fruit trees and extending the  planting of crocus bulbs along footpaths

 Three Close Tenants  Association

 Funding for community trip to the coast

 Minnie’s Friends

 Purchase a laptop with Microsoft Office  loaded for training sessions

 Bangladesh Social Association

 Run creative arts sessions


The community groups receiving awards were presented with their cheques by the University’s Chief Operating Officer, Richard Taylor. The event took place at John Storer House.

The full release is available to view online.