The Awards Management Information System (AMIS) dataset is comprised of a relational database whose primary function was to serve as a repository of information related to the administration of the Millennium Awards Scheme; recording core details of each individual project supported by the Scheme. Its main purpose was to provide a Departmental resource that would facilitate the analysis and reporting of data, as generated by the Awards Scheme.
From the first round of Lottery grants distributed in 1996 until the last Award approved in March 2004, the Millennium Awards Scheme gave out a total sum of £92.7 million. During this same period, more than 32,000 successful community projects were undertaken as part of the Millennium Awards Scheme with a standard grant comprising approximately £2,000. The research value of the dataset is apparent in the diverse range and extent of individual grants distributed across the entire voluntary sector and throughout many varied constituencies. The dataset may also provide some important case studies/examples of individual projects which can encourage wider learning and exchange.
Throughout the live administration of this dataset, key users of the data predominantly included the Department itself, particularly the in-house press department; in addition to some external queries for data as submitted by user groups such as researchers, local authorities and Members of Parliament.
Selected details from the contents of the database were made available online. Users were able to make searches through the Millennium Commission website (http://www.millennium.gov.uk) and view summary details of Awards Schemes, including associated images related to individual projects. These online details were sourced directly from the Department's related 'PROFESA' database, which received regular exported updates from AMIS for such information sharing purposes. See the Millennium Commission: Grants Database (PROFESA), held at The National Archives under MM4.
The datasets in this series are available to download. Links to individual datasets can be found at piece level.