Community Fund recipients with the Vice-Chancellor

Recipients of the Spring Open Fund 2019

Loughborough University funds local community projects

Every year the University sets aside a budget for its Community Donations Fund to provide financial support to community groups and organisations in Charnwood.

Recipients of the Inside Out Fund with the Vice-Chancellor

Recipients of the Inside Out Fund 2019

On Tuesday 21 May the recipients of this year’s Inside Out Fund and the Spring Open Fund were invited to a presentation evening to receive their cheques and meet the panel.

The Vice-Chancellor was in attendance to thank the groups personally for their commitment to the local community.

Jon Walker, the Chair of the Community Donations Fund panel, said: “The people of Charnwood benefit greatly from the many voluntary, charitable, educational and sporting organisations in the area that are supported by outstanding volunteers and staff.

Through the Community Donations Fund the University is delighted to be able to provide funds that we hope will enable these organisations to continue the vital work that they do. Loughborough and Charnwood are very important to the University, and we are pleased to be able to make these local contributions.”

The Inside Out fund is open to staff members who are involved in local organisations. This year the recipients are:



Transition Loughborough

Funding for a new fruit press and repair of the current apple press so it can be used across more schools and community groups.

Loughborough Foxes Women’s Football Club

Support for a memorial 5-a-side tournament for one of their players, Molly Webb.

Rendell Primary School

Equipment for their new after school club about code-writing ('Code Club').

Falcon Centre

Transforming a room currently used for the storage of dry goods and clothing into a patient’s room for the nurse to see people.

Mountfields Lodge

Adding inspirational and colourful designs and games to their playground.

Forest Road Green Belt Gardeners

Carving an existing oak tree into a commemorative sculpture in honour of one of the community’s unsung heroes, Harry Cook.

The Lighthouse Cafe

Providing new equipment such as saucepans, cushions and outdoor furniture.

Holt Green

Purchasing a petrol propelled lawn mower to replace an old one that became uneconomical to repair.

Forest District Rangers

Replacing and refreshing some of the district camping kit.

Sacred Heart Catholic Voluntary Academy

Buying raised beds, soil, seeds and tools to start the gardening project.


The Spring Open Fund is open to any organisations that benefit the Charnwood area. This year’s recipients are:



Charnwood Christmas Toy Appeal

Providing Christmas presents for underprivileged children in the Charnwood area.

Glebe House

Purchasing sensory equipment to develop a multi-sensory environment for people with learning disabilities.

Homefield College

Creating a functional skills classroom equipped with resources and specialist equipment.

Inner Wheel of Loughborough

Purchasing eight Home Starter boxes.

Loughborough Karate Academy

Purchasing new equipment so students can practice and develop their skills.

Loughborough Wellbeing Project CIC

Purchasing equipment for inclusive sports project.


Funding to support the cost of a Talking Book.

Shepshed Brownies

Providing 15 Brownies with a copy of the new Brownie Badge book.


More information on the Community Donations Fund can be found here.

Applications for the next round of funding will be open later in the year.