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1 November 2011 | PR 11/135

University Community Donations Fund re-launched

Loughborough University is delighted to announce arrangements for its Community Donations Fund for the 2011/12 academic year.

Originally launched in 2009 the Community Donations Fund was established to provide financial support to community groups and organisations across Charnwood as part of the University’s support for the local area.

So far £60,000 has been awarded to more than 90 organisations across the Charnwood region. 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.

During the year the University will donate £25,000 through four separate categories within the overall fund. These include an Open Fund of £5,000 aimed at all community groups, the Inside out Fund of £5,000 aimed at University staff involved in community groups, and the Educational Fund of £5,000 for projects that are educational in nature.

As part of a strategic engagement project, a further £10,000 will be allocated from The Strategic Fund following a review of local needs. This will involve the University working closely with partner agencies such as Charnwood Borough Council and organisations within the voluntary sector to assess where the funding should be allocated.

The programme for the 2011/2012 academic year is:

Autumn Term: Education Fund of £5,000. Deadline for bids Friday 25 November 2011
Spring Term: Open Fund of £5,000. Deadline for bids Friday 16 March 2012
Summer Term: Inside Out Fund of £5,000. Deadline for bids Friday 8 June 2012

In order to be considered for support from the Donations Fund projects and 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.

Community Relations Officer, Alison Barlow comments:

“The success of the Donations Fund over these past few years has been an immense achievement and honour for the University. To help address real issues in the community and meet a fantastic range of people dedicated to community involvement across Charnwood is a privilege and we look forward to contributing funding this year for the wide variety of local community groups.”

For more information on the Community Donations Fund visit the University’s community webpage www.lboro.ac.uk/community. Alternatively contact Alison Barlow, Community Relations Officer on E: A.J.Barlow@lboro.ac.uk or by telephoning 01509 228696.

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For all media enquiries contact:

Jarrah Webster
Public Relations Office
Loughborough University
T: 01509 228658
E: J.E.M.Webster@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 2011 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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