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Apply for a Millennium Point Trust Grant

Grants championing science, technology, engineering and maths across the West Midlands

Submissions for our 2021 round of grant funding from the Millennium Point Charitable Trust will open Monday 19th October 2020 at 8 am and close on Monday 30th November 2020. To apply, complete the application form and submit to STEMgrants@millenniumpoint.org.uk by 5 pm Monday 30th November.

We will be funding projects that commence in September 2021 as our grants cycle is an annual programme. We, therefore, request applicants to be aware of this when completing their application form and planning their project. We are unable to release funding any earlier. Please note supplementary attachments or documents will not be considered as part of the application. We would urge you to read our guidance and FAQs before completing the application.

A note for Mac users: Please ensure you click “Save as PDF” when completing your form to avoid any potential problems with changes you make to the document.

What are these grants for and how do they work?
Millennium Point Trust (MPT) is a charity which supports the growth and advancement of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) within the West Midlands. We fund projects that are aimed at meeting our charitable objectives. We award grants of between £1,000 to £20,000 to organisations whose Local Authority is a member of the West Midlands Combined Authority. The project must also be carried out in the WMCA regions. The grant is a one-off payment to fund projects that conclude within 12 months of payment. We do not support applications for projects that require funding over several years. We welcome applications from organisations that are requesting smaller grants of £1,000 upwards.

What kind of projects do we support?
MPT awards grants to organisations whose Local Authority is a member of the West Midlands Combined Authority. MPT supports projects that fall within the following three categories:

1. Implementing a creative and interactive STEM Curriculum in education
Projects will need to fulfil one or more of the following.

  • Introduce exciting and innovative STEM projects or activities into the classroom which in turn engage pupils of all ages from Nursery up to school leavers.
  • Inspire an interest in STEM subjects in schools.
  • Engage underprivileged or marginalised groups in STEM learning, making it more accessible and inclusive.
  • Focus strongly on enhancing STEM across the curriculum.

2. Promoting STEM careers
Projects will need to fulfil one or more of the following.

  • Target young people to pursue careers in STEM from an early age.
  • Deliver ‘STEM-centric’ events to engage young people.
  • Encourage parents and or teachers to learn more about STEM opportunities and STEM career choices open to young people.
  • Develop school programmes of work to showcase STEM career opportunities.
  • Promote STEM learning in local communities.

3. Purchasing of STEM Resources
Projects will need to fulfil one or more of the following.

  • Enhance STEM education through the purchase of STEM equipment for schools or Nurseries or other organisations.
  • Improve knowledge through the purchasing of STEM literature/books, ideally, this will be linked to a larger STEM project.
  • Provide digital resources for pupils (i.e. Laptops/ iPads/ Google chrome books etc.).
  • Reduce digital poverty and provide further opportunities to engage in new STEM skills and learning.

Please note that we will only accept one application per organisation. If we receive multiple applications then we will only acknowledge the first one we receive. We advise you to make sure you check with your organisation to avoid any confusion or duplication.

Is my organisation eligible for a grant?
Your organisation must fall under one of the following categories to qualify for a grant from the Millennium Point Charitable Trust

  • School
  • Voluntary or Community Group
  • Registered Charity
  • A Constituted Group or Club
  • Not-for-profit company or Community Interest Company (CIC)
  • Social Enterprise
  • Statuary Body (including town, parish and community council)

We are currently not accepting applications from the following categories:

  • Universities
  • Hospitals or Hospices
  • Individuals
  • Companies or Sole Traders that are aimed at generating profits for private distribution.
  • Organisations based out of the UK

Your organisation must be based in the geographical area covered by the West Midlands Combined Authority and the project should also take place within the WMCA region. Any applications that are made for projects outside of the regions specified will be disregarded.

What is the application process? 

  • Download and save the application form onto your device.
  • Please save your application form with the name of your organisation.
  • Please title your email to us with the name of your organisation.
  • Complete and return your application form by email to STEMgrants@millenniumpoint.org.uk by Monday 30th November 5pm.
  • You will receive an email acknowledging receipt of your application.
  • Applications are processed and a shortlist will be made by our grants team.
  • Applications will then be moderated by a separate panel.
  • A final list is then reviewed by the MPT board who will make a final decision.
  • We aim to notify all applicants in July 2021.
  • Successful applicants will need to return paperwork which will be sent with their confirmation.
  • Payments will be made in September 2021.

Should you have any further queries that we have not addressed in our guidance or FAQs then please contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

Address: Millennium Point Trust, Curzon Street, Birmingham, B4 7XG. Registered charity number 1059451.
Contact: Vanessa Currie
Email: STEMgrants@millenniumpoint.org.uk
Tel: 0121 202 2219

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