Techniquest Glyndŵr has just submitted a major bid to the Wellcome Trust under their ‘Inspiring Science Fund’. Co-funded by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and Wellcome, the Inspiring Science Fund supports science centres across the UK. It is a capital fund promoted by the Association of Science Discovery Centres that helps centres rethink what they do and what they offer to the public.
Seizing the opportunity to fund the development of a town centre base in Wrexham, North Wales Science, the charity that operates Techniquest Glyndŵr, submitted an initial proposal in October 2017. Following consideration of the applications by the grant panel Techniquest Glyndŵr was successful in reaching the second round, and invited to submit more detailed proposals by the 28th February.
On the day of the deadline the Chair of the Board of North Wales Science, Iwan Thomas formally submitted the detailed bid for funding and commented as he clicked the submission button
“It’s a proud moment as Chair of the Board to click the submit button on our funding bid. Here’s to a long term future in our potential new Wrexham town centre base, working with partners.
A huge thanks to the team in Techniquest Glyndŵr and Wrexham Glyndŵr University for all their hard work! Fingers crossed now!”
Techniquest Glyndŵr will then be invited to London to meet the Inspiring Science Grants panel in mid-June when the team will be grilled over the details and feasibility of their bid with the successful organisations notified in July as to the outcome of their bids.
Techniquest Glyndŵr has been working with support from Wrexham County Borough Council, Wrexham Glyndwr University to develop their bold plans and the funding bid, if successful, will enable a major science discovery centre to operate from the town centre location.
Scot Owen the Centre Manager said:
“We think we have made an excellent case for this funding, combining as it does, our desire to develop our operations in the town centre location but also complementing a variety of regeneration initiatives focused on the town centre including the Ty Pawb arts hub due to open in April.
We have had great support from our local MP Ian Lucas, our Welsh Assembly Member, Lesley Griffiths and AM Ken Skates, Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Transport in the Welsh Government who have all written letters of support for our bid. Wrexham County Borough Council have also been extremely supportive providing input thorough a number of different departments to help us on our way.
We are still interested to hear from any local businesses and industry who may wish to become involved with us and help with sponsorship. You can contact us via our website www.tqg.org.uk or by email firstname.lastname@example.org “