The Millennium Stadium Charitable Trust provides financial support to inspiring projects throughout Wales.
The Millennium Stadium Charitable Trust was established through an agreement between The Millennium Stadium plc and the Millennium Commission. The Trust’s income is generated through a levy on every ticket purchased for public events at the Stadium. The Millennium Stadium Charitable Trust is an independent charitable foundation and is administered as a board of voluntary Trustees. Trustees are selected throughout Wales and represent varying worlds of sport, the community, youth groups, the arts and the environment. The Millennium Stadium Charitable Trust is an all Wales organisation and regardless of the public event being held at the Stadium, all funds distributed by the Trust are spent in Wales.
Through its funding, the Millennium Stadium Charitable Trust aims to improve the quality of life of people who live and work in Wales. The Trust aims to promote education, history, language, culture, music and folklore, particularly for those who face discrimination or disadvantage. In today’s era of globalisation people often forget what is in their own locality.
The Trust has chosen to make grants in the
ARTS; COMMUNITY; ENVIRONMENT; SPORT;
Priority in each category is given to organisation serving groups and communities suffering from greatest disadvantage.
|The Millennium Stadium Charitable Trust Supports||The Millennium Stadium Charitable Trust Does Not Support|
|Charitable organisations||Projects outside of Wales|
|Properly constituted voluntary organisations||Day-to-day running costs|
|Not-for-profit organisations||Projects that seek to re-distribute grant funds for the benefit of third party organisations.|
|Voluntary groups working with local authorities. (applicant cannot be the local authority)||Payments of debts/overdrafts|
|Applications from groups of any age.(not just youth projects)||Retrospective requests|
|Requests from individuals|
|Payment to profit-making organisations|
|Applications made solely in the name of a local authority.|
The Trust is keen to support arts projects that are creative, unique and work with the disadvantaged or deprived individuals and groups throughout Wales. The Trust wishes to develop and improve knowledge and practice of the arts and to increase opportunities for people to see and participate in the arts.
THE ARTS FUNDING PRIORITIES
The Trust aims to give more people the opportunity to enjoy the diversity of performing and visual arts. The Trust favours proposals which expand and improve arts provision in parts of the country less well served than others. Priority is given to organisations working together to share experience, good practice and ideas.
The Trust is keen to target local communities suffering from the greatest disadvantage.
THE COMMUNITY FUNDING PRIORITIES
Priority will be given to organisations tackling social, personal, economic or cultural barriers within their own communities. The Trust encourages projects that leads to greater independence; give people more control over their lives and that give people a voice to express their needs and hopes.
The Trust wishes to help disabled people challenge barriers to be active and visible in their local communities.
The Trust welcomes applications from environmental groups from both rural and urban areas in Wales, recognising the dramatically different landscapes across Wales.
THE ENVIRONMENT PRIORITIES
The Trust encourages applications relating to recycling and developing green spaces, development and promotion of green spaces and the promotion of public transport schemes. Priority projects will be those that improve the quality of Wales’ environment, protect and create a vibrant country side and develop and promote sustainable land use planning. The Trust wishes to fund programmes that protect and enhance Wales’ natural heritage and promote sustainable use that contributes to local prosperity and social inclusion.
Sport embraces much more than traditional team games and competition. Sport can mean physical activity or the improvement of physical fitness and mental well-being, and can assist in the formation of social relationships and individual and team confidence. The Trust is particularly interested in supporting projects that improve the quality of life of people and communities facing disadvantage.
SPORT FUNDING PRIORITIES
The Trust strives to make a difference to sporting organisations and those organisations delivering sports projects throughout Wales and appreciates that sport relies heavily on volunteers. The Trust is keen to support volunteer-based projects, particularly from ethnic minorities and people with disabilities.
In addition, the Trust recognises the difference that coaching can make to the development of a sport and is keen to fund equipment and coaching costs if the need has been clearly identified.
How Much is Available?
|Regional Grants a maximum of £7,500||Local Grants a maximum of £2,500|
A local project is where the organisations usually have a remit to serve their local community or town. If there is more than one organisation providing a similar service in the local authority, the group should be considered local (i.e. if there is more than one tennis club in the local authority, then the tennis club will be considered a local organisation).
A regional project is where the organisations usually have a remit to serve a region of Wales or a local authority area. This means that they are the only organisation providing that service within the county borough. Successful applicants in this category must demonstrate that their project is regional or local-authority wide.
Applicants are asked to note that bids must be classified by the organisation’s geographical remit. It is the applicant’s responsibility to determine and prove their classification.
Applicants are advised that if the funding required to activate the project exceeds the maximum amount that can be applied for, the Trust will need to know how the additional costs will be met.
Where funds are still outstanding from one or more additional funding sources a grant may be offered conditional upon the applicant securing the additional funding necessary to deliver the project during a set time period.
Successful applicants will have 12 months to undertake their project from the date they are awarded the grant.
Leaving a Legacy
The Trust will want to know that a project is going to make a difference. Applicants are asked to consider, beyond the initial 12-month period, what long-term effects the project will have on the people involved.
Quality of Life
The Trust needs to know that it is improving the quality of the lives of the people benefitting from the funding.
Passion and Value
Applicants will be expected to demonstrate passion and commitment in their applications. Applicants need to calculate how much they are requesting from the Trust on a ‘per head’ basis and consider whether this offers good value for money for the Trust.
Knowledge and Need
An applicant needs to demonstrate an understanding of their target group and should provide evidence to demonstrate this. Applications should argue strongly that there is a need for the project and for funding from the Trust. Applicants should ask the following questions:
- Has the project been piloted previously? If so, was it successful?
- What evidence is there to show that this project will be a success?
- What is the underlying problem or issue that this project hopes to address?
Working with Disadvantaged People
Priority is always given to organisations that serve groups and communities suffering from greatest disadvantage.