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11 October 2010 | PR 10/154

University Community Donations Fund re-launched

Loughborough University is delighted to announce arrangements for its Community Donations Fund for the 2010/11 academic year.

The Community Donations Fund was originally launched in 2009 and so far £35,000 has been awarded to more than 60 organisations from across the Charnwood region.  A wide range of projects and activities have received support, including sports clubs, music organisations, residents’ associations and groups for women and those with special needs.

The full programme for the 2010/11 academic year is:

Autumn Term: Educational Fund of £5,000.  Deadline for bids Friday 26 November 2010
Spring Term: Open Fund of £5,000.  Deadline for bids Friday 18 March 2011
Summer Term: Inside Out Fund of £5,000.  Deadline for bids: Friday 10 June 2011

A further £10,000 from 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 once again be working 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:

“It was a privilege and an honour to present some of the Donations Fund cheques last year and meet a whole range of people dedicated to community organisations across Charnwood.  We are very much looking forward to being able to help out again this year to address real issues in our community.”

Further information on the Community Donations Fund is available from Alison Barlow, Community Relations Officer on E: A.J.Barlow@lboro.ac.uk or telephone 01509 228696 or by logging on to www.lboro.ac.uk/community

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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 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 2010 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top 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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