Our CEO Abbie Vlahakis and members of the Millennium Point Charitable Trust were invited to King Solomon International Business School to unveil a plaque commemorating our support for their eco-friendly STEM garden.

The “Breaking The Barriers To Stem” project is a great example of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) education projects we fund in the West Midlands region. It was great to catch up with staff and pupils at King Solomon, seeing the positive impact the project has had.

(Pupils from King Solomon International Business School holding the plaque, with Abbie Vlahakis, Millennium Point CEO and Jean McLeod, Head of PSP.)

Who’s running the project?
The project is managed by a parent’s voluntary organisation in partnership with King Solomon International Business School – Birmingham’s first all-through (4-19) Christian free school, which specialises in international business and entrepreneurship. The Parent School Partnership (PSP) was established in 2015 by parents of pupils who attend the school. To this end, PSP activities have been by donation of time, gifts and resources from willing parents and community partners – and now Millennium Point.

What’s it all about?
An inner-city school in Birmingham with a high proportion of BAME (Black, Asian and Ethnic Minorities) pupils, its ambition at the start of the project, was to ‘break barriers’ and increase STEM engagement across the entire pupil population, whatever their gender or ethnicity, through a series of onsite activities, workshops, clubs, as well as STEM-related off-site trips. For a lot of children at the school, this will be their only chance to experience this kind of specialist learning in addition to the national curriculum and the aim is for them to be immersed into the world of STEM; give them opportunities that they otherwise would not have to boost STEM participation and be excited about the possibilities of careers in STEM.

The PSP and school has identified gaps in the children’s exposure to STEM learning and wants to reach individuals from urban, challenged or hard to reach backgrounds by providing all of this free of charge to prevent barriers to their involvement.

The project includes the following:

What impact has the project made?
The project has been a breath of fresh air to the school, offering opportunities within STEM, that without the funding, would not of been possible. The garden has helped pupils explore science in a fun engaging way, developing their education around life cycles, growing plants, climate effects, habitats and weather.

It was also fantastic to hear the positive impact the “Code Club” has had on the pupils. Pupils have been immerged in the world of code, with top technical practices such as HTML, Java and CSS being learned at the school.

These skills go a long way in providing the pupils a brilliant opportunity to kickstart their career within STEM.

How the Millennium Point Charitable Trust can help you
The Millennium Point Charitable Trust is committed to supporting the growth of STEM education in the West Midlands region, through funding, resources, projects and events.

Explore what we do or get in touch to see how we can work together.


Find more interesting content from Millennium Point over at our news section, or follow us for daily updates on FacebookTwitterInstagram and LinkedIn with @MillenniumPoint. Millennium Point is a landmark public building and multi-award-winning events venue in the Eastside of Birmingham City centre. Profits from our commercial activity are invested by the Millennium Point Charitable Trust into projects, events and initiatives which support the growth of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) and education in the West Midlands. 

Millennium Point wins Excellence in Third Sector award at 2022 Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce Awards.

On Friday 4th March the Great Birmingham Chamber of Commerce Awards was held in the iconic ICC building in Birmingham. The evening consisted of an array of inspirational speeches, delectable food, and the much-anticipated awards.

Fundraising took place throughout the evening for PANS PANDAS UK – an important charity established in 2018 by a dedicated group of parents which aims to raise awareness and make a difference to children affected by PANS and PANDAS.

Nominated alongside fantastic charities, all with the aim of making a difference

Organisations nominated for Excellence in Third Sector alongside the Millennium Point Charitable Trust were –

Acorns children’s Hospice, Burton Upon Trent & District YMCA, Cancer Research UK, Fareshare Midlands, Living Well UK, Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS + Your Trust Charity.

It was a honour to be nominated amongst friends and impactful charities that have all strived to make a difference throughout this year and last.

From Scholarships to Grants to Community Outreach, we are proud of what we have achieved

Over the past 12 months, our organisation has used sound strategy and affirmative action to remain resolute in the face of ongoing tumultuous economic, social, and political landscape. Driven by our passionate and highly skilled team, we have protected our commercial assets which, in turn, has allowed us to continue to make a sizeable impact on STEM education for young people.

Landmark £30m in impact to STEM in the West Midlands

The Millennium Point Charitable Trust has announced it has reached a landmark £30m in STEM support to organisations across the West Midlands over the last seven years. We achieved this through projects, events, and initiatives as well as discounts to STEM tenants and rents.

Millennium Point Trust Scholarship

Each year we work with five young people over the age of 17 over five months as part of our scholarship competition which awards a fully funded degree at Birmingham City University. To date we have been able to provide over £83,000 to students in Scholarship funding.

Grant Funding

We have funded over 100 projects across schools and not for profits since 2019. This has resulted in hundreds of young people across the region becoming more engaged in STEM education.

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 the science area at Ark Tindal Primary and Sensational Science at Birmingham Botanical Gardens. The latest round of funding in 2021 saw a wide range of successful applications – from a proposal to build a fully operational light aircraft, STEM training toolkits for schools and a car engineering workshop for girls.

STEM Roundtable

In 2020, our CEO founded and now orchestrates the Millennium Point STEM Roundtable – a task force comprised of over 20 senior business leaders, academics, and educators from across local STEM industries. The purpose of this group is to facilitate discussion across education and industry and has yield four projects which are due to be delivered in 2022/23.

Community Outreach and Venue Support

For Christmas 2021, we provided festive activities at Millennium Point for 400 pupils across 4 schools in low-income areas. This included a screening of The Polar Express; a Santa meet and greet and an educational gift for every child.

As a venue we also get to host other charities events that help change lives. In December 2021, the St Basils BIG Sleepout took place outside Millennium Point. Members of our team also took part to show support for the fantastic charity and our team managed to raise over £1,800.

Want to learn more about Millennium Point Charitable Trust?

Keep up to date the latest on our charity work through our blogs and charity section on our website.


Find more interesting content from Millennium Point over at our news section, or follow us for daily updates on FacebookTwitterInstagram and LinkedIn with @MillenniumPoint. Millennium Point is a landmark public building and multi-award-winning events venue in the Eastside of Birmingham City centre. Profits from our commercial activity are invested by the Millennium Point Charitable Trust into projects, events and initiatives which support the growth of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) and education in the West Midlands. 

Two of the Midlands best-loved charities are coming together to test your limits in the ultimate battle of the elements. Acorns Children’s Hospice and LoveBrum have teamed up to bring a Fire and Ice Walk extravaganza to Birmingham next month.

The event on Friday 11 March, which is taking place at our landmark venue, Millennium Point, will see fearless fundraisers walk over hot coals or broken glass in aid of these two incredible causes.

Two great charities both helping the community

Zoe Baggott, Senior Manager for Area and Events, at Acorns, said: “We’re thrilled to join forces with LoveBrum to bring you the big Brummie bash you’ve all been waiting for. This your chance to do something amazing and help two local charities continue our work in the community.

“Acorns relies on money raised through events like this to fund our lifeline care and support for life limited and life threatened children. By joining #TeamFire or #TeamIce you’ll be helping us be there for every child and family that needs us.”

Once the Fire and Ice walks are complete, the evening will continue with celebrations, fun, food, and incredible entertainment – all in aid of Acorns and LoveBrum.

Rebecca Simkiss-Walker, Chair of LoveBrum, said: “The last 18 months have been extremely difficult for so many, and the charitable sector has been deeply affected by the pandemic. Yet, during this time of struggle at LoveBrum we have heard so many inspirational stories of those who have gone above and beyond during the pandemic to do what they can to help others in need.

“Now, with in-person events starting to make a comeback, and as we look to the future, we are thrilled to be working alongside the amazing team at Acorns Children’s Hospice to host the 2022 Fire and Ice Walk on the 11 March at the iconic Millennium Point.

“We look forward to welcoming our guests to the event, and with so much on offer, from great food vendors to family fun, there will be something for all the family to enjoy, all whilst raising vital funds for two local Charities who do so much for our region, ensuring we can carry on building a better Brum!

“The evening is set to be an amazing celebration of both our city and the power of collaboration, and a fun-filled experience for both spectators and participants alike – we can’t wait!”

About Acorn’s Children’s Hospice

Acorns Children’s Hospice provides specialist palliative care for life limited and life threatened children and support for their families from its three hospices, based in Birmingham, Walsall and Worcester, and in the community.

In the past year the charity has cared for more than 700 children and almost 1,000 families, including those who are bereaved.

It cost Acorns £27,000 per day to provides its lifeline care and support, the bulk of which comes from fundraising and donations.

About LoveBrum

LoveBrum is a registered charity that supports hidden gem projects across Birmingham that are often volunteer led and that deliver real change. The charity aims to support over 36 projects per year, and to reach out to all corners of the second city.

As an Award-Winning Charity, Millennium Point are thrilled to be involved

The Millennium Point team are excited to tackle the elements, this year choosing to be #TeamIce and brave the broken glass walk.

If you want to support the team, Millennium Point have set up a Just Giving page where you can donate to help continue the important work Acorn’s and LoveBrum do. Want to watch on the sidelines? The public can also buy tickets to cheer the team along, the night will include entertainment rom DJ TONi, magic, face painting and balloon modelling from Magic Party, as well as an amazing circus workshop from CircusMash.

Don’t forget, if you get a bit cold outside, join us inside and gaze at Luke Jerram’s breathtaking Gaia.

Join Team Ice or Team Fire and make a difference

Registration for each of the Fire and Ice walks is £40, with a minimum sponsorship requirement of £150. Included in the price is the daring walk of your choice, an exclusive event t-shirt, a fundraising pack and wristband for entry into the event village.

Spectator tickets, available on a first-come first-served basis, are £10. General entry is £5 for adults, children (under 16) are free.

To join #TeamIce or #TeamFire and for more information, please visit www.acorns.org.uk/fireandice2022

 


Find more interesting content from Millennium Point over at our news section, or follow us for daily updates on FacebookTwitterInstagram and LinkedIn with @MillenniumPoint. Millennium Point is a landmark public building and multi-award-winning events venue in the Eastside of Birmingham City centre. Profits from our commercial activity are invested by the Millennium Point Charitable Trust into projects, events and initiatives which support the growth of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) and education in the West Midlands.

Applications are now open for the life changing scholarship. In partnership with Birmingham City University, each year Millennium Point Trust fund an undergraduate degree at BCU.

There are over 20 courses to choose from in industries for Built Environment, Computing, Digital Technology and Engineering. Applications are now open, and the deadline is 5pm Friday 11th March 2022, this is a two-stage application process where successful applications will be invited to an assessment day on Tuesday 10th May 2022.

Apply on our website today!

Courses in Built Environment

There are several courses to choose from within Built Environment, have a look through and see everything you can achieve with Built Environment!

What has Built Environment done for Birmingham?

Birmingham City University recently filed Built Environment academics, Nicki Schiessel Harvey and Dr Mohammad Mayouf discussing how urban planning and development decisions impact cities across the UK – using Birmingham as a case study.

Applying is easy and simple

The competition is open to applicants aged 17 and over within the West Midlands Combined Authority, who are looking to start a qualifying degree in September 2022.

Read the application from carefully and start to answer each question. Think about why you want to study your chosen degree and what you want to do in the future. Also discuss any personal attributes and skills that could help you be the next winner of the Scholarship.

It’s a two-stage application, with the final stage being an assessment day. If you make it to the final, you will be invited to participate in developmental workshops that will focus on supporting our personal development and professionalism in both interview and presentation skills.

Need help with anything?

We want everyone to have the best chance of success when applying for our Scholarship scheme, and sometimes bigging yourself up can be a little daunting. That’s why we have created a helpful guide to aid you through your application. Keep an eye out on our social media for any new blogs, videos, or resources that can help further.

You can always contact our friendly Trust team for any other enquiries you may have.

Want to start your career in Built Environment, apply for our Scholarship today!

Applications are now open with the deadline on Friday 11th March 2022, apply now and see what you can achieve!


Find more interesting content from Millennium Point over at our news section, or follow us for daily updates on FacebookTwitterInstagram and LinkedIn with @MillenniumPoint. Millennium Point is a landmark public building and multi-award-winning events venue in the Eastside of Birmingham City centre. Profits from our commercial activity are invested by the Millennium Point Charitable Trust into projects, events and initiatives which support the growth of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) and education in the West Midlands. 

Applications are now open once again for the life changing Scholarship. In partnership with Birmingham City University each year Millennium Point Trust fund an undergraduate degree at BCU’s Faculty of Computing, Engineering, and the Built Environment. You have until 5pm Friday 11th March, meaning plenty of time to start you’re your journey to Scholarship success.

You can apply on our website here.

We caught up with 2021’s Scholarship winner Asima Nazir. Asima impressed judges last year and secured Scholarship victory. The 37 mum-of-five was studying social science and humanities at Dudley College before she secured the Scholarship in aims to study planning.

All the finalists attended an assessment day at Millennium Point, where they each presented to a panel of five judges.

Asima impressed the panel and was selected as the lucky winner of the Scholarship, which has already helped launch the careers of six outstanding STEM students.

How was the Scholarship process?

The Scholarship application was very simple easy and quick. The judges were a delight to present in front of, they made me feel so comfortable and relaxed and there is so much you can learn from them.

I enjoyed the training and all the help provided prior to the presentation, it was very valuable and enjoyable experience. I also loved the interaction I got from the judges.

Do you have any advice for future applicants?

I think applicants should cherish the experience, there is nothing to lose. However, so much to gain and learn throughout the process. The Scholarship pays for the entire degree, it is an opportunity that should not be missed.

So, how is University going?

Going to uni was the best decision I made, I enjoy uni life, the atmosphere, the experience, the interaction with other students, team building, my tutors, different societies. It’s just a whole new experience in itself, I am so pleased that I made this choice.

Sounds like you’re having a great time! Any plans on the future?

After I finish my degree, I would like to start work and put everything I have learnt into the practical world and start piecing the jigsaw together.

Lastly Asima goes on to say to future applicants ‘STEM career paths give us immense opportunities in the developing world, who knows where this Scholarship and degree will take me, and of course yourself’.

Why does Millennium Point offer a Scholarship?

At Millennium Point we believe that STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) is important for the future of the region. Now, more than ever young people need our support and encouragement for them to unlock their potential. The Scholarship is just one of the ways we can provide support to help them achieve people’s goals.

Gain the experience of a lifetime with a Millennium Point Scholarship

Applications are now open with the deadline on Friday 11th March 2022, apply now and see what you can achieve!


Find more interesting content from Millennium Point over at our news section, or follow us for daily updates on FacebookTwitterInstagram and LinkedIn with @MillenniumPoint. Millennium Point is a landmark public building and multi-award-winning events venue in the Eastside of Birmingham City centre. Profits from our commercial activity are invested by the Millennium Point Charitable Trust into projects, events and initiatives which support the growth of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) and education in the West Midlands. 

Applications are now open once again for the life changing scholarship. In partnership with Birmingham City University each year Millennium Point Trust fund an undergraduate degree at BCU.

There are over 20 courses to choose from included in the scholarship. Applications are now open, with the deadline on Friday 11th March 2022, meaning plenty of time to complete the form.

Asima impressed judges last year and secured Scholarship victory

The 37-year-old mum of five was studying Social Science and Humanities at Dudley College, before she secured the scholarship in aims to study planning.

All the finalists attended an assessment day at Millennium Point, where they each presented to a panel of five judges, Asima impressed the panel and was selected as the lucky winner of the Scholarship, which has already helped launch the careers of six outstanding STEM students.

Applying is easy and simple

The competition is open to applicants aged 17 and over within the West Midlands Combined Authority, who are looking to start a qualifying degree in September 2022.

Read the application from carefully and start to answer each question. Think about why you want to study your chosen degree and what you want to do in the future. Also discuss any personal attributes and skills that could help you be the next winner of the Scholarship.

It’s a two-stage application, with the final stage being an assessment day. If you make it to the final, you will be invited to participate in developmental workshops that will focus on supporting our personal development and professionalism in both interview and presentation skills.

We’re here to help you every step of the way

We want everyone to have the best chance of success when applying for our Scholarship scheme, and sometimes bigging yourself up can be a little daunting. That’s why we have created a helpful guide to aid you through your application. Keep an eye out on our social media for any new blogs, videos or resources that can help further.

You can always contact our friendly Trust team for any other enquiries you may have.

Unlock your student’s future by getting your school involved

Get your school involved and spread the word about the Scholarship. Tell parents, young people, teachers, and colleagues. The bigger it gets, the more impact we can make together.

We have created a Teacher’s Portal with assets and information that can help you provide students information on how to apply.

Are you a business wanting to get involved? Visit our Business Portal here.  We’re always looking out to collaborate with businesses and professionals on the MP Trust Scholarship.

Why do we do this?

At Millennium Point we believe that STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) is important for the future of the region. Now, more than ever young people need our support and encouragement for them to unlock their potential. The scholarship is just one of the ways we can provide support to help them achieve people’s goals.

Apply today to start your Scholarship journey

Applications are now open with the deadline on Friday 11th March 2022, apply now and see what you can achieve!


Find more interesting content from Millennium Point over at our news section, or follow us for daily updates on FacebookTwitterInstagram and LinkedIn with @MillenniumPoint. Millennium Point is a landmark public building and multi-award-winning events venue in the Eastside of Birmingham City centre. Profits from our commercial activity are invested by the Millennium Point Charitable Trust into projects, events and initiatives which support the growth of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) and education in the West Midlands. 

As we head into the festive holidays and approach the end of another year, Millennium Point has achieved some great things in 2021. Here is five key events that have happened at our award-winning venue this year.

Mass Vaccination Centre

Millennium Point made history as we were announced as a mass vaccination centre for Covid-19 in January 2021. It was one of eight centres to be opened across the UK, and the first mass vaccination site in the West Midlands region. Our venue opened it’s doors as a vaccination centre on 11th January 2021. This announcement was welcomed by the general public and top media organisations alike.

The first day saw Sky NewsBBCITVLBC and Birmingham Mail at Millennium Point to capture the first vaccinations, and mark the historic moment that the UK could start the road to recovery. Below shows a video capturing the excitement and relief that accompanied it.

Across the whole time we were a mass vaccination centre, approximately 180,000 vaccinations took place at Millennium Point during this time.

Asima Adnan wins a fully funded degree

In 2021 our Scholarship program crowned it’s 8th winner, with Asima Adnan from Dudley being named the winner of this year’s life-changing Millennium Point Charitable Trust Scholarship, earning a fully-funded degree at Birmingham City University (BCU).

Asima along with the other finalists, attended an assessment day at Millennium Point, where they each presented to a panel of five judges. Asima impressed the panel the most and was selected as the lucky winner.

The 37-year-old mum of five studied Social Science and Humanities at Dudley College, and began her Planning degree at Birmingham City University in September.

Applications open for the 2022 Scholarship on Monday 3rd January. For more information please click here.

Millennium Point hosts first ever hybrid event

As part of our Hybrid and Virtual event packaging, we hosted our first ever hybrid event in May, Talking Point: The Future of Events. The conference included many discussion points from across the events sector, as well as provide valuable insights and a platform to debate the road to recovery, current trends, sustainability, and the impact of Covid-19 on customers’ relationships to events and hospitality.

The event welcomed two panels of industry experts and was hosted by events industry veteran Neil Thompson, Founder of popular event professionals network The Delegate Wranglers. You can watch the replay of the event below:

This follows on from a transformation of our Auditorium with a £350,000 investment, installing a new 10m x 3m participant stage area beneath the 16 m x 10 m giant screen to provide greater space and flexibility for panel events, presentations, and live performances.

With the launch of our Hybrid and Virtual Events package, we also upgraded our AV equipment to support that which includes an M32R digital mixing desk, intelligent LED lighting system, mounted Panasonic PTC-280 cameras and a Kramer 8×8 Matrix switcher which allows switching of screen content seamlessly.

Fans get time of their lives at movie and drinks nights

The well received Millennium Point Presents movie and drinks nights have continued to be a big success throughout 2021. Our partnership with the movie geeks, The Wine Events Company has offered more blockbuster showings including Back to the Future, Top Gun, Dirty Dancing, Rocketman and Love Actually.

With more exciting events on the way in 2022, want to get a feeling of what to expect? Check out our screening of the eighties classic Dirty Dancing below. Guests had the time of their lives with a live band, themed cocktails and movie trivia.

Millennium Point Charitable Trust reaches a £30m landmark in STEM support

In 2021 our Charitable Trust announced that it had reached a landmark £30m in STEM support to organisations across the West Midlands over the last seven years – including £4.98m in the last financial year alone.

For those that are not aware, our commercial activity that takes place in the Millennium Point building feeds back into the Millennium Point Charitable Trust. This enables the charity to donate to, invest in, and facilitate STEM-related projects, events and initiatives in the West Midlands. This has included over £2.7m in STEM grants to schools, not-for-profits and charities in Greater Birmingham and the Wider West Midlands.

To coincide with our grant programme , the trust funds £16,650 in STEM degree scholarships annually, in partnership with Birmingham City University. To date, scholarships have totalled over £83,000.

An example of the type of STEM projects we fund is showcased below.


Find more interesting content from Millennium Point over at our news section, or follow us for daily updates on FacebookTwitterInstagram and LinkedIn with @MillenniumPoint. Millennium Point is a landmark public building and multi-award-winning events venue in the Eastside of Birmingham City centre. Profits from our commercial activity are invested by the Millennium Point Charitable Trust into projects, events and initiatives which support the growth of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) and education in the West Midlands. 

Christmas is the season of giving, and with so many fantastic charities to support this year, we’ve listed 5 below that are worth the charity spotlight this festive season.

UK Sepsis Trust & Iceland Foods Charitable Foundation

UK Sepsis Trust and Iceland Foods Charitable Foundation have decided to extend their Sepsis savvy awareness campaign to schools at the Schools and Academies Show in Birmingham. Developed in collaboration with education professionals, the new resources for all key stages, intended to help protect students and their families against this life-threatening condition associated with 1 in 5 deaths worldwide (11 million people – that’s 1 life every 3 seconds).

Carefully curated to each appropriate age group, the comprehensive Sepsis Savvy Schools lesson plans are informative and interactive, and include educational videos, teaching resources and an animation narrated by UKST’s ambassador, Harry Potter and Star Wars actor, Warwick Davis. The campaign is also supported by TV medic, Paediatrician and UKST Ambassador Dr Ranj.

St Basils 

St Basils  is a charity that work with young people ages 16-25 who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, to enable them to find and keep a home, grow their confidence, develop their skills, increase opportunities, and prevent homelessness.

This year St Basils planned their oldest and biggest sleepout in the UK in Birmingham. On Friday 3rd December, the event was held at a new venue, the versatile event space Millennium Point. Previously held at Birmingham Cathedral, the organisers hoped to fill it to capacity this year.

Due to last year and the pandemic, 2020’s sleepout was cancelled. Usually, the event raises over £100,000 so the organisers are hoping that this year’s is the bigger than ever. The aim was to appeal not only to the adventurous nature of people. But also, to their willingness to support young people with additional challenges of homelessness through these difficult times. You can find out more on this year’s event here.

Big Sleepout

Millennium Point Charitable Trust

Millennium Point is a landmark public building and multi-award-winning conference and events venue in the east side of Birmingham city centre. The charity use profits made by commercial activity being invested in projects, events and initiatives which support the growth of science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM) in Birmingham and the wider region.

Over the past 6 years MPT have given more than £25m back into the local region. They have previously seen the rewarding outcome of past projects such as Bishop Vesey Grammar School – STEM Robotics Club. South Bromsgrove High School had an insightful and imaginative project with their Automatic Weather Station. Millennium Point also saw a fantastic Sensory Garden achieved by City Road Primary School.

Millennium Point Trust are always looking for new partnerships to support STEM in the region.

Birmingham Women’s Hospital Charity

Birmingham Women’s Hospital Charity are passionate about improving patient experience for all the women and families at their hospital.

They are a centre of excellence, offering a rage of services to thousands of women, babies, and families every year. The hospital provides specialise care in five key areas: fertility, genetics, gynaecology, maternity, and neonatal.

They’re currently raising money for the Woodland House Appeal, they’re hospital cares for over 2,000 grieving mums and dads every year who have lost a baby. News is delivered in cramped ‘quiet’ rooms, often on the maternity ward or in a busy outpatient areas/ Woodland House would change this. It will be a brand new, purpose-built, centre away from the hustle and bustle of the main hospital. They have just £1 million left to raise, to make this a reality.

Aston Villa Foundation

Working alongside key local and national stakeholders, Aston Villa Foundation delivers projects, initiatives and provides opportunities to achieve its mission of ‘Working Together to Enrich Lives’.

The Foundation and its partners work with people from a variety of backgrounds in Birmingham as well as supporting the wider ‘Aston Villa family’ through several departments including schools, football in the community, disability, health and wellbeing, education, interventions, and community relations.  

Applications for our Charitable Trust STEM Grants programme close this Friday so don’t miss out on funding for your next STEM project.

Have a STEM project plan that needs funding? Our small grants are available from £1,000 to £20,000 to individual applicants to support science, technology, engineering & maths (STEM) education in Birmingham and the wider West Midlands. Applications close at 5pm this Friday, meaning you don’t have long to get your application submitted!

An example of the type of projects we fund is detailed in the video below.

You can start your application by clicking here.

Endless possibilities with STEM

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 the science area at Ark Tindal Primary and Sensational Science at Birmingham Botanical Gardens. The latest round of funding in 2021 saw a wide range of successful applications – from a proposal to build a fully operational light aircraft, STEM training toolkits for schools and a car engineering workshop for girls.

Last year Millennium Point saw 70 applications from not-for-profit organisations in aim of receiving a share of the grant money.

Applications for Millennium Point Charitable Trust STEM Grant Programme is now open

Abbie Vlahakis, CEO of Millennium Point said. “Along with our hugely popular degree scholarship, the Small Grants Programme is why we do what we do. To promote STEM education across the region and increase the opportunities for the next generation via some of the most exciting career paths available.

“Every year the quality and volume of applications that the Millennium Point Charitable Trust receives is fantastic. I have no doubt that will be the case again – I can’t wait to see them.”

Read more about our fantastic case studies here.

Top tips for writing your application

We understand writing an application can be tricky, but we don’t want you to feel overwhelmed. We’ve created a blog that lays out some of our most useful tips and advice using our many years of experience with the grants programme, making your application as easy and quickly as possible.

To read more please click here.

Book with Millennium Point and help support the future of STEM

Everything Millennium Point Charitable Trust achieves is made possible by the commercial activity that takes place in our landmark building. It all feeds back into the charitable trust, enabling it to donate and invest in STEM-related organisations, projects, and initiatives.

When booking events with Millennium Point you are widening your CSR and supporting the local region. Find out how and more about our 17 unique event spaces here.


Find more interesting content from Millennium Point over at our news section, or follow us for daily updates on FacebookTwitterInstagram and LinkedIn with @MillenniumPoint. Millennium Point is a landmark public building and multi-award-winning events venue in the Eastside of Birmingham City centre. Profits from our commercial activity are invested by the Millennium Point Charitable Trust into projects, events and initiatives which support the growth of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) and education in the West Midlands. 

The Millennium Point Charitable Trust has announced it has reached a landmark £30m in STEM support to organisations across the West Midlands over the last seven years – including £4.98m in the last financial year alone.

Opened in 2001, Millennium Point is a landmark public building in the Eastside of Birmingham city centre. Inside, it is home to 17 versatile event spaces including a 354-capacity Auditorium, meeting rooms and offices, and tenants, including ThinkTank and Birmingham City University (BCU).

Commercial activity that takes place in the Millennium Point building feeds back into the Millennium Point Charitable Trust. This enables the charity to donate to, invest in, and facilitate STEM-related projects, events and initiatives in the West Midlands. This has included over £2.7m in STEM grants to schools, not-for-profits and charities in Greater Birmingham and the Wider West Midlands.

In addition, the trust funds £16,650 in STEM degree scholarships annually, in partnership with Birmingham City University. To date, scholarships have totalled over £83,000.

Abbie Vlahakis, CEO of Millennium Point said: “Promoting STEM education across the region is what we do – increasing the opportunities for the next generation via some of the most exciting career paths available.

 “As a meeting and events space, the last 18 months has been incredibly challenging, but it’s fantastic that we have continued throughout to contribute to the West Midlands’ myriad of exciting STEM projects and initiatives.”

Abbie Vlahakis visiting pupils at Meadows Primary School.

The trust has also announced an extension to the deadline for applications to the Millennium Point Charitable Trust STEM Grants Programme 2022, which is now 5pm on Friday December 17th.

Paul Hughes, Schools Manager at the Aston Villa Foundation, commented: “The STEM grant we received from the Millennium Point Trust funded our innovative STEM Stars project, which has allowed us to add a new dimension to our provision and provide children, teachers and schools the opportunity to embark on their STEM education journey helping to develop skills of the future and make a real difference.’’

With STEM (science, technology, engineering, and maths) funding grants of up to £20,000 available, the trust has moved the deadline to give more organisations time to apply for money that can often be life-changing for young people and their future careers.

The latest round of funding in 2021 saw a wide range of successful, creative STEM projects – from a proposal to build a fully operational light aircraft to STEM training toolkits for schools.

 Abbie Vlahakis added: “Every year we are impressed and inspired by the applications we receive for our small grants programme, and this year has been no exception – and I’d urge any organisation looking to fund an exciting STEM project in 2022 that there’s still time for their idea to be considered.”

To apply for a grant, please click here.


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