The Millennium Commission is one of 11 distributing bodies responsible for giving Lottery grants to good causes. So far 185 projects on almost 2,000 sites have received millennium grants totalling £1.236bn. The commission is also putting up £200M for a Millennium Award scheme, £20M for a festival and £200M for the Millennium Experience which has its own separate project organisation.
Millennium projects must make a substantial contribution to the community and be seen by future generations as marking a significant moment in their national or local history. The projects supported fall into five categories: investing in education, promoting science and technology, revitalising cities, supporting communities and encouraging environmental sustainability.