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18 January 2010 | PR 10/06

New Year financial boost for Community Groups

Community Groups from across Charnwood have received a New Year financial boost thanks to Loughborough University’s Community Donations Fund.

In total eight community groups have been awarded funding totalling just under £5,000.  The contributions were made from the Education Fund,  one of four categories that make up the overall Community Donations Fund.

The Groups and the projects receiving support are:




Shepshed Community Toy Library

To promote communication, social and teamwork skills to pre-school children


Mountsorrel Railway

To educate primary school children about their local industrial heritage


1st Loughborough Boys and Girls Brigade Band

To help children learn to play instruments


NCT Loughborough Branch

To provide baking as an activity for under 5s


St Paul’s School, Woodhouse Eaves

New fiction library


G & S Services Community Interest Company Limited

Education programme for people with addictions, compulsions and other behavioural problems


Boothwood School, Loughborough

Library refurbishment project


Loughborough Library

Schools project


Professor Phill Dickens, Pro Vice Chancellor for Enterprise at the University, is a member of the panel that considered the bids to the Education Fund.  He comments: “The University is really pleased to be able to offer this New Year financial boost to community groups.  There appears to be a really great range of projects taking place in the community which have an educational theme. The panel had some tough choices to make in allocating the money we had available.” 

The University is currently taking bids for its Open Fund, the closing date for which is Friday 26 February.  Originally launched last summer, £5,000 is once more available through this fund.   In the first round of funding 14 projects were supported.   As its name suggests, there are no restrictions on the type of project that can be submitted. 

After Easter the Inside Out Fund will take bids.  This fund, also of £5,000,is open to applications from staff for community groups in which they are involved.  Nine projects received assistance in the first round of funding last year.

This year the University will also be allocating £10,000 from its Strategic Fund.  This money will be allocated to a project in the community based on an assessment of local need.  The University is currently in discussions with partner agencies with regard to how this money may be spent.


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:

1. Further information and application forms for the Open Fund and Inside Out Fund are available from Alison Barlow or Maria Lahetko-Davies at the University by emailing a.j.barlow@lboro.ac.uk or m.lahetko-davies@lboro.ac.uk or by phoning 01509 222238

2. 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 2009 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top five universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience 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.

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.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 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.

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