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'Black' projects sought

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The Millennium Commission is looking for a 'black' Millennium project to support, after refusing to fund the Caribbean Heritage Centre, to which it had provisionally allocated £8.75 million. A commission spokeswoman said: 'There were still technical and financial issues outstanding. Unusually the Millennium Commission gave the project some funding to address the problems. But after six months there were still issues outstanding and we were not convinced of the technical and financial viability.' The commission is now offering as much as £10 million as a grant for up to 50 per cent of costs towards 'applications relating to the black community'. Of its 186 projects, it describes only four as ethnic-led: the Memorial Gates at Constitution Hill, London; the Shri Venkateswara Temple in Birmingham; South Meadow Lane Centre in Preston and Oldham Millennium Cultural Centre. Proposal forms for the newly released money must be with the Millennium Commission by 10 September.

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