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5 Jan 2015

Deadline approaches for Loughborough University Special Projects Fund

Loughborough University is reminding community groups across Charnwood that the end of January is the deadline for bids to its new Special Projects Fund.

The Special Projects Fund is one of five rounds of funding offered by the University as part of its Community Donations Fund programme. Announced in November last year, the new Fund has been designed to support projects that are ‘one-off’ in or ‘special’ in nature.

A total of £60,000 has been allocated for this fund which will be available annually until 2017. A maximum of £15,000 is available per year and bids between £5000 and £15,000 will be considered. Two year funding, up to a maximum of £30,000 is a possibility.

Capital and/or revenue projects, including staff posts will qualify for funding but bids to support general administration are not considered appropriate for this fund. Bidding organisations must be non-political in nature and based in Charnwood.

Bids should be submitted by 5pm on Thursday 29 January.  Further information about the Special Project Fund, an application form and details of the application process is available by visiting

Alison Barlow, Community Relations Officer for the University comments: “We are delighted to be able to offer the Special Projects Fund again this year.  We hope this fund will allow some community groups to deliver projects that they might have previously considered to be unachievable.”

Notes for editors

Article reference number: PR 15/1

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 title in 2008-09 and has been 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.

Contact for all media enquiries

Alison Barlow
Stakeholder Relations Manager
Loughborough University
T: 01509 228696