Experiencc Company (NMEC) armounced that it is open for business and
ready to receive proposals for awards of over£5,000 for local and
regional millennium celebrations in 2000.
working together and applications will now be invited for projects
to mark the millennium year in local communities up and down the
country. All kinds of activities will be supported by the fund, such
as recreational, heritage, educational, sports and arts initiatives,
with the aim of both marking the millennium and creating a lasting
legacy for the people of every town, city and village in the UK.
Secretary of state for culture, media and sport, Chris Smith said:
'I was pleased to announce the£100m festival fund earlier this
year. I'm now even more pleased that applications can start to flow
in. Not only will the festival actively involve people all over the
UK, but it will also give local communities the chance to achieve a
lasting legacy too.
'The millennium is about so much more than just an exciting dome at
Greenwich. It is about realising everyone's aspirations to mark a
very significant moment in time throughout the country. The festival
will fund the best ideas for these celebratioins'.
The initial proposals will be administered by the NMEC's 12
millennium offices. Thousands of applications are expected from all
over the UK from public and non-profit-making organisations
interested in developing their own millennium projects with the help
of the millennium fund. Any groups or organisations interested in
bidding for money can register their interest by calling the
Millennium Festival Fund Information Line on: 0870-600-2000
They will be sent a proposal form and guidance notes and details of
how to apply for a grant. From then, those applying will have until
August 31st to submit their applications and final decisions on
awards will be made by the end of December 1998. Further awards for
sums less than£5,000 will be made via a similar process in 1999.
The typical size of awards in the first round will be around£30,000
and will have innovative nd outstanding qualities which have an
immediate impact on the locality and beyond. They will need to be
accessible and should encourage maximum participation by the broadest
possible cross-section of people and a create a lasting legacy.
Director of the UK Millennium Programme, Joe Simpson said:
'Groups or organisations which satisfy simple eligibility criteria
can apply for money and we are actively encouraging people to come
forward with their ideas as soon as possible to make sure that the
best proposals are supported'.
1. The Millennium Festival Fund is a£100m programme to enable
people throughout the UK to celebrate the millennium. The funding has
been made possible through joint commitment of the NMEC, The
Millennium Commission, The Arts Council of England, Wales and
Scotland, Lottery Fund. The Sports Councils of England, Wales,
Northern Ireland and Scotland, Lottery Sports Fund, The National
Lottery Charities Board and The Heritage Lottery Fund
2. Some ideas being submitted for grant awards have already been
received by the Millennium offices. These include:
- Town twinning and exchange programmes in 2000
- Events which celebrate local history and culture
- Projects which encourage volunteering and community activity
- Comedy and Theatre Festivals
- Sports Competitions
- Arts and Music Festivals
- Youth Sports Events
- Oral History Projects
- Community Initiatives
3. Further details of applications, including geographical
breakdown is received will be given later in 1998.
For further information on applying for a grant ring the Festival Hotline on 0870-600-2000.