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27 Feb 2015

Building communities – bids invited for a share of University Community Donations Fund

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Community groups across Charnwood are being offered the chance to make a bid for up to £750 from Loughborough University’s Community Donations Fund.

The University has once again made £10,000 available this year for its Open Fund and is welcoming bids for all types of projects from non-political organisations/groups.

The Open Fund is one of four rounds of funding made available by the University. Traditionally allocated during the spring term, it is a fund offering significant flexibility for organisations in need of financial support as it has few bidding criteria attached to it.

In the past, the Open Fund has supported everything from a scouts’ summer camp to funding an annual outing for people with learning difficulties and purchasing bingo equipment for a social club. More than £170,000 has been handed out since the Community Donations Fund was launched in the 2008/09 academic year.

Alison Barlow, Stakeholder Relations Manager for the University, said: “You can never have enough community spirit, so why not speak up for Charnwood’s local unsung projects and activities by getting in touch with us to see if you could be in with a chance of receiving a funding boost.”

Bids should be submitted by Friday 13 March 2015. For more information and to download an application form, visit here. Alternatively, contact Alison Barlow, Stakeholder Relations Manager, on 01509 228696 or email

Notes for editors

Article reference number: PR 15/18

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 has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, putting it among the best universities in the world, and was named Sports University of the Year 2013-14 by The Times and Sunday Times. Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and has been voted England's Best Student Experience for six years running in the Times Higher Education league. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

In 2015 the University will open an additional academic campus in London’s new innovation quarter. Loughborough University in London, based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, will offer postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities.

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