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Mayflower 400 Community Sparks

A funding scheme that enables community groups across Plymouth a chance to get on board with Mayflower 400.

Spirit of Mayflower logoIn 2020 Plymouth will commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s journey to America, carrying Pilgrims and other passengers who played a pivotal role in the creation of the modern United States. The Mayflower 400 programme has been created to ensure this historic year is captured through a broad range of heritage and cultural activity across a national and international partnership.

What projects can be funded?

We want to make sure everyone in Plymouth has the chance to participate in the commemoration. You may be thinking about organising a themed street party, community mural or an inter-generational tea dance and that’s where ‘Mayflower 400 Community Sparks’ comes in.

The fund supports grass-roots community, arts and cultural activity in the city through a series of bursaries of up to £3,000, or £5,000 in exceptional circumstances.

Funding is available for projects that can be delivered by November 2020, that inspire and enrich local communities and which align with the Mayflower themes of imagination, humanity, freedom and future. The first round of successful applicants were selected in November 2018. We’re now looking for applicants for the second round of funding which is now open.

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

How to apply

To apply for funding, download and complete the application form below. Details for submission are included on the form.

Mayflower 400 Community Sparks application form [Word]

The deadline for this application round is 31 January 2019. 

We are keen to support people and organisations who don’t have experience of submitting funding applications. If you need help developing your Mayflower 400 project, contact Fiona Evans at Vital Sparks on Fiona.Evans@plymouth.gov.uk


‘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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