Loughborough University Donations Fund – Open Fund

For 2019/20 the Open Fund will have two calls for proposals, with funding available in the Autumn and Spring Terms and a total of £10,000 available across the two rounds.

The purpose of the Fund is to support the social, educational, cultural and physical well- being of people living in Charnwood. This is normally achieved by providing modest grants (up to £750) to appropriate community groups.


  • Organisations/groups must be Charnwood based
  • Organisations/groups must be non-political in nature
  • Only specific/identifiable projects will be considered (rather than, for example, administration and running costs)
  • Bids are most likely to be successful when they clearly identify and outline the impact and benefits funding will have
  • Bids should include a short breakdown of how the funding will be used
  • Repeat bids for the same project or from the same organisation within a 12 month period will not normally be considered


  • Successful organisations may be required to provide the University with feedback of the monies awarded
  • Funds awarded will normally be spent within six months of the award but certainly within 12 months
  • All applications will be considered on merit. A decision to fund a particular project does not necessarily mean that a project of that nature will be automatically be supported in the future

Application process

Bids should be submitted on the appropriate application form. These can be sent by email to S.Dinnie@lboro.ac.uk or post to: Sophie Dinnie, Corporate Communications, Hazlerigg Building, Loughborough University, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 3TU.