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Applications for Millennium Point STEM Grant Programme are now open

Cash-strapped schools and non-profit organisations hit by rising costs and cuts in budgets can receive support through the Millennium Point Charitable Trust’s Small Grants Programme, with the latest round of funding now open.

Aimed at helping to fund STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) projects, this year’s programme includes a special sustainability category. Grants of up to £20,000 are available – the deadline for applications is 5pm on December 2nd. 

Over the past five years, the Millennium Point Charitable Trust has awarded over £2 million to charities, not-for-profits, community groups and schools to further STEM education. Millennium Point Charitable Trust has previously seen the rewarding outcome of past projects such as a fully operational light aircraft, STEM training toolkits for schools and a car engineering workshop for girls.

Other successful applicants included the creation of a STEM garden by King Solomon International Business School in ‘Breaking the Barriers to STEM’; Ahead Partnership engaged students at their Digitech Festival with inspiring guest speeches and activities from STEM industries; and Ark Tindal Primary Academy transformed an outside space into a Science Area to enhance their STEM curriculum.

Last year, Millennium Point Trust saw over 100 applications from schools and not-for-profit organisations aiming for a share of the grant money to better STEM education in the region.

Abigail Vlahakis, CEO at Millennium Point said: “The West Midlands is the largest hub for science and innovation outside London, with the youngest population in Europe and one of the highest percentiles of STEM graduates in the UK. With many schools being forced to cut costs and resources to deliver their curriculums, we risk seeing the skills gap widen as less children are engaged in STEM, which is why this initiative is crucial now, more than ever.”

All funding given by Millennium Point Charitable Trust is made possible by the commercial activity that takes place in the landmark Millennium Point building. It all feeds back into the charitable trust, enabling it to be donated and invested in STEM-related organisations, projects, and initiatives. When booking events with Millennium Point, you are widening your CSR and supporting the local region. 

Since its launch in 2018, Millennium Point Charitable Trust’s grants programme has provided almost £400k to more than 100 projects across education, STEM-focused charities, sporting charities, and museums.

For more information, or to start the application process, visit millenniumpoint.org.uk/trust/grants/apply/

Picture shows: Abbie Vlahakis (left) with Jean McLeod, lead chair of the Parent School Partnership, and pupils from King Solomon International Business School, a previous recipient of a STEM grant from Millennium Point.

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