Community groups awarded University donations

A range of community initiatives including a Christmas present project and a food parcel donation have been supported by Loughborough University’s Community Donations Fund.

The annual programme, which has been operating since 2009, has supported groups in its first round of community donations for the academic year.

After a call to bids to the ‘Open’ Fund, which accepts bids from local voluntary and community organisations, a large number of applications were submitted. The recipients of funding are:



Loughborough Foxes Women and Girls Football Club

Support community engagement and new officer role within club. Funds to assist with marketing recruitment, travel costs, DBS checks, playing costs and more.  

The Exaireo Trust

Support with The Ethos Project and furniture project. Assist with purchases of equipment including electrical and manual items.

Joseph’s Storehouse

Purchase carrier bags for FareShare food parcel project which provides fruit and vegetables to approximately 45 families and 70 individuals.

Charnwood Arts

Help deliver a community project based on local history. Funding will deliver interactive workshops within schools, youth groups and other organisations.

Tanglewood Youth and Support Group

Funding for bowling trip with children from group and provide Christmas presents for 45 children including educational items such as craft kits.

Shepshed Toy Library

Replace essential role-play equipment in playroom that is no longer fit for purpose.

Peter Le Marchant Trust

Funding for work on day trip boat to ensure it is in good condition for next season including installation of new skylight, battery and gas locker.

Beacon Christian Fellowship

Purchase dishwasher for new kitchen to support Tiny Tots and Soup Kitchen but also expand services through envisioned Help Café for people to drop in for counselling.

Stakeholder Relations Manager at the University, Alison Barlow, commented: “We’re delighted to be supporting a range of fantastic local groups with their projects for another year.

“All of these groups do exceptional work within the community but often face financial difficulties, we’re happy to be able to help out. We also have a lot of staff from across the University who spend time outside of their working hours to support and involve themselves within these groups which is fantastic.

“We would like to thank everyone who took the time out to submit a bid to our Community Donations Programme and look forward to supporting more groups in the New Year.”

Additional rounds of funding from the Community Donations Fund Programme will be available as the academic year progresses. Further information is available at



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