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2 November 2009 | PR 09/150

University Community Donations Fund re-launched

Loughborough University is delighted to announce arrangements for its Community Donations Fund for the 2009/10 academic year.

Launch of the funding arrangements for this year follows the successful pilot project undertaken at the end of the last academic year, which saw £10,000 awarded to 23 organisations from across the Charnwood region.  A wide range of projects and activities received support, including sports clubs, music organisations, residents’ associations and groups for women and those with special needs.

Two categories of support were initially available – an Open Fund  of £5,000 aimed at all community groups and an Inside Out Fund also of £5,000 aimed at staff.  These will again be available and will be supplemented by an Educational Fund of £5,000 and a Strategic Fund of £10,000.  A phased approach, to coincide with the University terms, will be applied to the bidding and funding process. 

The full programme is:

The Strategic Fund will be allocated during the course of the year following a review of local needs as part of a strategic engagement project.  The University will be seeking to work closely with partner agencies such as Charnwood Borough Council and organisations within the voluntary sector to assess where the funding should be allocated.

In order to be considered for support from the Donations Fund projects/organisations must be Charnwood based and non political in nature.  In addition only specific or identifiable projects will be considered, rather than,  for example, administration costs.  The University will look particularly favourably on projects or activities that increase engagement between the University and the community. 

For the Educational Fund, the University will take a very broad approach to assessing projects for funding, not just those associated with formal learning/educational development.

Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Shirley Pearce comments:

“We were thrilled with the success of the pilot project last year and are delighted to be able to roll out the Donations Fund this year to the four full categories.  We look forward to being able to help out a broad range of local community groups and in particular being able to contribute funding to help address real issues in our community.”

Further information on the Community Donations Fund and application forms are available from Alison Barlow, Community Relations Officer at the University.  Alison can be contacted by phoning 01509 228696 or by email: A.J.Barlow@lboro.ac.uk

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For all media enquiries contact:

Alison Barlow
Community Relations Officer
Loughborough University
T 01509 228696
E: A.J.Barlow@lboro.ac.uk 

Notes for editors:

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry and unrivalled sporting achievement.

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 2008 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top five universities in the UK, with 22 out of 30 of its subject areas being ranked in the top ten for overall satisfaction. It was named winner of the 2006, 2007 and 2008 Times Higher award for the UK’s Best Student Experience and winner of the 2007 award for Outstanding Support for Overseas Students. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes – an achievement bettered by no other institution.

It is a member of the esteemed 1994 Group – a set of internationally recognised, research-intensive universities – and has a reputation for the relevance of its work. Its degree programmes are highly regarded by professional institutions and businesses, and its graduates are consistently targeted by the UK’s top recruiters.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

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