Community groups receive University funding for projects

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

John Storer House receiving their donation

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.

Richard Taylor said: “We are thrilled to be supporting some fantastic voluntary and community groups across Charnwood for another year running. We wish everyone the greatest success with their upcoming projects and ventures.”

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