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Doubled University Community Donations Fund open for bids

Loughborough University is once more offering community groups across Charnwood the chance to bid to its Community Donations Fund, with double the normal amount of money on offer for the first time.

The University is delighted to confirm that £10,000 is being made available for its Open Fund this year instead of £5,000. 

The Open Fund is one of four rounds of funding made available by the University.  Traditionally allocated during the spring term, it is a fund offering significant flexibility for organisations in need of financial support as it has few bidding criteria attached to it.  The only requirements are that projects or activities should be Charnwood based and groups must be non-political in nature.

Last year the University supported 15 groups through the Open Fund and more than £90,000 has been handed out since the Community Donations Fund was launched in the 2008/09 academic year.  A wide range of projects and activities have received support including sports clubs, music organisations, residents’ associations and groups for those with special needs.

Alison Barlow, Community Relations Officer comments "We are delighted to be able to offer increased funds this year and look forward to helping community groups deliver exciting and worthwhile projects across Charnwood."

Bids (for up to £750) should be submitted by 5pm on Friday 15 March 2013.  Further information on the Community Donations Fund and application forms are available online at or from Alison Barlow, Community Relations Officer at the University by phoning 01509 228696 or by email:


Notes for editors

Press release reference number: PR 13/31

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 2011 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the Best Student Experience in England 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.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 11 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.


Alison Barlow
Community Relations Officer
Loughborough University
T: 01509 228696

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