Record number of applications for Millennium Point Small Grants initiative – successful STEM projects announced

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Millennium Point small grants initiative

The Millennium Point Charitable Trust has announced the list of successful projects for its Small Grants Programme 2020, with a record number of applicants bidding for a share of hundreds of thousands of pounds in STEM funding.

Building on the continued success of the programme, The Millennium Point Charitable Trust received 170 eligible applications from not-for-profit organisations – a 55% increase from 2019.

This year it has donated more than £561,000 to STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) projects and initiatives across the West Midlands.

Recipients of this year’s funding include*:

Shropshire Astronomical Society – Astronomy outreach programme
Longwill School for Deaf children – Sensory STEM
Hospital Education Service – The science of roller coasters
Aston Villa Foundation – Stem Stars
Wolves Play Cafe – The world around us and wolves in the woods and more!

The Small Grants programme, which offers grants split across three levels of funding and makes up to £20K available to individual applicants is made possible by the commercial activity that takes place in the 46,450 sqm landmark Millennium Point building. It feeds back into the charitable trust, enabling it to donate and invest in STEM-related organisations, projects and initiatives.

Abbie Vlahakis, interim CEO of Millennium Point said: “Every year the quality and volume of applications that the Millennium Point Charitable Trust receives through this programme to help fund STEM-related initiatives is phenomenal, and this year is no exception. We were blown away by the breadth of entries and we can’t wait to see how the successful projects unfold in the coming months with additional support.”

Since its launch in 2018, Millennium Point Charitable Trust has donated over £969,000 to successful recipients funding a diverse range of projects across education, STEM-focused charities, sporting charities and museums.