This year marks the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower and her sister ship, The Speedwell, leaving Southampton for the New World. Towns and cities across the UK, US and Netherlands have agreed to deliver a year of events to mark the anniversary. Since the programme launched in November 2019, the Covid 19 pandemic has forced all events to be put on hold. But compact partners remain hopeful that they will be able to deliver parts of the programme in the autumn, or in spring next year.

Grants of between £1,000 and £3,000 are now available to enable Southampton communities to deliver activities as part of the Mayflower 400 anniversary.

We are encouraging Southampton residents to explore their heritage, as well as the heritage of their community and the City. This could be anything from a quilt that tells the story of your community’s journey to Southampton, a digital project collecting oral histories/memories of your community, holding an online exhibition about the history of your faith building and its congregation, or running talks and events about heritage that is important to you.

If it is safe to do so, projects will ideally take place between 14 August and 13 December 2020 and events that coincide with Heritage Open Days (11 – 20 September 2020) will be particularly encouraged. We will ensure that this scheme is flexible post-award, owing to changing government advice in relation to public gatherings, and aim to support your delivery of safe and successful projects.

This grant is provided through a combined fund from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Southampton City Council.

National Lottery Heritage FundSpirit of Mayflower 400

Who can apply?

Local community, voluntary and social enterprise organisations for the benefit of Southampton residents. Priority is given to small, unfunded, volunteer-led community groups or not-for-profit organisations, for example, resident associations or uniformed, or hobby groups.

We particularly encourage applications from groups who have never received funding from us before.

Please see our application guidelines for more information about what the Mayflower 400 Community Heritage Grant can and can’t fund.

Deadline for applications

Apply any time between now and 4 August 2020 at midday. Applications must be submitted at least six weeks before the panel meeting you are aiming for.

Panel meeting dates

  • 15 June 2020
  • 6 July 2020
  • 3 August 2020
  • 14 September 2020

In the event of the panel not being able to come together, the panel will make a decision virtually.

How to apply

  1. Read the application guidelines to ensure your group and project are eligible for funding. 
  2. Download and save the MS Word application form to your computer. 
  3. Submit the application form and the supporting documents to the email address on the form. You can also submit the supporting documents by post if you need to.

If you have any queries about the grant scheme or application forms please contact

If you need additional support building up your project idea please contact us at the grants email address and we will pass your query to the Community Engagement Officer in the Mayflower 400 team.

At the time of delivery, applicants will be required to follow up-to-date government advice on holding events and activities.

More information on Mayflower 400