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28 May 2010 | PR10/89

Diverse range of projects benefit from University’s Community Donations Fund

Awards presentation at Loughborough Town Hall

Presentation of the awards at Loughborough Town Hall

A school, a residents’ association and a scout pack are just some of the Charnwood groups to benefit from the latest round of funding from Loughborough University’s Community Donations Fund.

In total £5k was awarded to 13 groups from the Open Fund, one of four categories that make up the overall Community Donations Fund

The groups and the projects receiving support are:


Organisation


Project


Amount

Holywell School

Project to help children who speak English as an additional language

£400

1st Loughborough Scout Group

To support specific costs

£300

Sidings Park Area Residents Association

To buy marquee and games equipment

£500

1st and 3rd Loughborough Scouts

To provide hardship fund to help fund summer camp

£300

Loughborough Football Club

To help provide solar powered lighting for dressing rooms

£499

Glebe House

To buy new monitor for Ebay project

£371

Charnwood Stroke Club

To fund canal boat trips

£416

Home Start Charnwood

To fund qualification for member of staff

£500

Chapman Street Gardening Association

To buy gardening equipment

£500

Leicestershire Police

Funding for football tournament

£300

Loughborough Foxes Women’s F.C

Equipment and publicity material

£500

The Bridge

To fund starter packs for service users

£500

Jon Walker, Director of External Affairs at the University is Chair of the panel that considered the bids.  He comments: “We had over 40 applications to the Open Fund and it was exceptionally difficult to allocate the money we had available.  It is pleasing that we have been able to support such a diverse range of projects from across the local area.”

The community groups receiving awards were presented with their cheques by the University’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Shirley Pearce at an awards ceremony held at Loughborough Town Hall.

A total of £25k has been made available by the University for the Community Donations Fund.  In January eight community groups received £5k from the Education Fund.  Before the end of the current academic year in June a further £15k will be allocated.  The Inside Out Fund of £5k will be awarded specifically to community projects members of University staff are involved in and the Strategic Fund of £10k will be allocated to a project in the community based on an assessment of local need. 
Discussions with partner agencies over the allocation of this money are currently nearing completion.

−ENDS−

For all media enquiries contact:

Alison Barlow
Community Relation 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 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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