A new fund that will give community groups across Plymouth a chance to get on board with Mayflower 400.

In 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. To help achieve this, we are supporting Plymouth City Council to launch the Mayflower 400 Community Sparks fund. 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 will support 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.

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

For more details on the Mayflower 400 Community Sparks (and the projects funded so far), please visit:

How To Apply

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

The deadline for this application round is 31st January 2020.

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

‘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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