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Loughborough University announces Community Donations Fund for 2014/15

Loughborough University is delighted to announce arrangements for its Community Donations Fund for the 2014/15 academic year.

Established in 2009, the Community Donations Fund provides financial support to community groups and organisations across Charnwood as part of the University’s support for the local area.

To date the University has made 226 donations worth over £160,000. A wide range of projects and activities have received support, including sports clubs, music organisations, residents’ associations, groups for women and those with special needs.

This year the University has £45,000 on offer which will be donated through five separate rounds of funding, including the Special Projects Fund, which is on offer for the second time.

The programme for the 2014/2015 academic year is:

Name of Fund

Projects considered

Amount available

Bids Deadline

Education Fund

Projects broadly   educational in nature


Friday 5 December 2014

Special Projects Fund

One-off special projects


29 January 2015

Open Fund

All types of projects   considered


13 March 2015

Inside Out Fund

Special fund for University   staff


8 May 2015

Strategic Fund

Allocated directly by the   University working with partners


Not applicable

Alison Barlow, Community Relations Officer for the University comments:

“So many community organisations face ever increasing funding challenges and the University is once again delighted to be able to offer support in the form of our Community Donations Fund.  We are particularly delighted to be able to offer our Special Projects Fund this year which we hope will allow community groups to consider some very special projects which they might have previously considered unachievable.”

For more information on the Community Donations Fund visit the University’s community webpage Alternatively contact Alison Barlow, Community Relations Officer on E: or by telephoning 01509 228696.

Notes for editors

Press release reference number: PR 14/200

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 has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, putting it among the best universities in the world, and was named Sports University of the Year 2013-14 by The Times and Sunday Times. Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and has been voted England's Best Student Experience for six years running in the Times Higher Education league. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

In 2015 the University will open an additional academic campus in London’s new innovation quarter. Loughborough University in London, based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, will offer postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities.


Alison Barlow
Senior PR and Community Relations Officer
Loughborough University
T: 01509 228696

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