Time to bid for the 2012 Games trust

Anita Pati

The Millennium Commission is asking voluntary groups to bid to run its new £35m Olympic charitable trust, which will promote cultural and sporting initiatives associated with the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Mike O'Connor, director of the commission, said: "We've got all the organisations set up to build the structure and we have organisations set up to fund the athletes. This is something for the wider community. Not many people realise the Olympics is a cultural as well as a sporting event."

The aim of the trust is to develop high-profile local, regional and national activities and build a legacy beyond the games. O'Connor said that Erica Roberts, former chief executive of GuideStar UK, had "helped develop proposals" for the trust. Last month he declined to say whether she was working for the commission (Third Sector, 15 March).

Application packs will be available from 21 April, with a deadline of 31 May. A decision will be made in June.

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