Spirit of Mayflower logo‘Mayflower 400 Community Sparks’ will support grass-roots community, arts and cultural activity in the city through a series of grants of up to £3,000, or £5,000 in exceptional circumstances.

Funding is available for projects that can be delivered by November 2020, inspire and enrich local communities. Those which link with the Mayflower 400 themes of imagination, humanity, freedom and futures are encouraged. Projects should also include an element of fun, adventure, legacy or inclusion.

You can find out more about these themes and the wider vision for the commemorations on the Mayflower 400 website.

Councillor Glenn Jordan, cabinet member for culture said: “Plymouth’s preparations for Mayflower 400, which launches in November 2019, are well underway and we want as many people as possible to take part.

“You may be thinking about organising a themed street party, community mural or intergenerational tea dance and that’s where ‘Mayflower 400 Community Sparks’ comes in. This is a brilliant opportunity for local communities to get creative, bring people together and make Plymouth a special place to be in 2020. All you need is a good idea to get the ball rolling.”

To apply for funding download and complete an application form from any of the partner websites, including the Mayflower 400 Community Sparks page in our Arts and Culture section. If you need help with your project idea you can contact Fiona Evans at Vital Sparks on [email protected].

The deadline for this application round is 31 October 2018 with funding being allocated in November.

‘Mayflower 400 Community Sparks’ is a partnership project between Mayflower 400, Plymouth Culture, Plymouth City Council, The Box, Plymouth and Vital Sparks.


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