Millennium Point Charitable Trust launches small grants programme

Funding available for projects across the West Midlands.

The Millennium Point Charitable Trust has launched its new Small Grants programme, offering funding from £2,000 to £20,000 to not-for-profit organisations’ STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) projects across the West Midlands region.

Applications are now open and can be made here, with grants split across three levels of funding: under £2,000 (all entities); under £2,000 (school specific); £2,000-£20,000 (all entities).

Eligible applicants include registered charities; voluntary or community organisations; social enterprises, schools/educational establishments and statutory bodies.

Abbie Vlahakis, interim CEO of Millennium Point said: “We are immensely proud of the quality and breadth of STEM-related projects that the Millennium Point Charitable Trust is able to support.

“Over the last 18 years, the Trust has made a significant difference, and it is encouraging to see young people taking a real interest in STEM as a future career. It is what Birmingham, the West Midlands and Britain need.”

All of the commercial activity that takes place in the 46,450 sqm landmark Millennium Point building feeds back into the charitable trust, enabling it to donate and invest in STEM-related organisations, projects and initiatives.

Millennium Point Charitable Trust announced contributions of more than £4.8m to science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) projects across the West Midlands during 2018.

This has included a robotics lab and 3D printing facilities at Bishop Vesey Grammar School in Sutton Coldfield, allowing students from surrounding schools to gain experience, knowledge and skills in advanced technology; more than £281,000 to fund four projects by Birmingham Museums Trust including Year of the Engineer 2018 and a Science and Heritage Career Ladder Legacy; working with Birmingham City University’s Faculty of Computing, Engineering and The Built Environment to offer a free undergraduate STEM degree through the Millennium Point scholarship, now in its fifth year.

Applications for the 2019 scholarship are now open and will close at 11:59pm on 31st May. For more information please visit the Millennium Point website or call 0121 202 2200.

Opened in 2001, Millennium Point is the largest landmark millennium project, in England, outside of London. Inside, it is home to unique event spaces including a 350-capacity auditorium, flexible workspaces, meeting rooms and offices, and largest tenants ThinkTank and Birmingham City University.