£ 30million invested in STEM projects to encourage the next generation


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The Millennium Point Charitable Trust has announced that it has achieved a record £ 30million in STEM support to organizations in the West Midlands over the past seven years.

£ 4.98million was received in the last financial year alone.

Millennium Point, which opened in 2001, is home to 17 versatile event spaces, including a 354-seat auditorium, meeting rooms, offices and has tenants such as ThinkTank and Birmingham City University (BCU).

The Millennium Point Charitable Trust is funded by the proceeds of business activity. The charity is then able to donate, invest and facilitate STEM-related projects in the West Midlands.

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

“As a meeting and event space, the past 18 months have been incredibly difficult, but it’s fantastic that we’ve continued to contribute to the myriad of exciting STEM projects and initiatives in the West Midlands. “

£ 2.7million in STEM grants has been awarded to schools, nonprofits and charities in Greater Birmingham and the West Midlands.

The trust also funds £ 16,650 in STEM scholarships each year in partnership with BCU. To date £ 83,000 has been funded in scholarships.

The trust also announced an extension of the deadline for submitting applications to the 2022 Millennium Point Charitable Trust STEM grant program, which is now 5 p.m. on Friday, December 17.

With STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) funding grants of up to £ 20,000, the trust extended the deadline to give more organizations time to apply for the money.

Paul Hughes, Director of Schools at the Aston Villa Foundation received a STEM grant from the Millennium Point Trust. He said: “The grant funded our innovative STEM Stars project, which allowed us to add a new dimension to our offering and provide children, teachers and schools with the opportunity to embark on their educational journey. STEM by helping to develop the skills of the future and make a real difference. ”

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