Southwark Council has launched a £140,000 fund for residents’ events commemorating the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower in 2020.
The historic ship set sail from Rotherhithe in July 1620, with its captain and part-owner, Christopher Jones, buried in St Mary’s Churchyard.
The council, alongside British Land and United St Saviour’s Charity, have jointly established the Southwark Mayflower 400 Grants Fund to fund local projects to mark the all-important anniversary.
Cllr Rebecca Lury, Deputy Leader of Southwark Council, said: “I am delighted to open the first round of Mayflower 400 funding and welcome local people to join the global celebration of Southwark’s history with the Mayflower.
“I believe the pursuit of the universal concepts of freedom, liberty and justice are just as relevant now as they were when the ship’s Captain, Christopher Jones, sailed the Mayflower from his home in Rotherhithe, carrying people escaping persecution to America in 1620.
“We hope this funding will help bring the story of the Mayflower to generations to come and that the community connections established throughout Southwark’s celebrations, will form the foundation of many friendships and future activities.”
Events running from November 2019 – November 2020 are being organised to mark the anniversary, including in the Netherlands and United States.
The council has invited applications to the fund from community groups, tenants and residents associations and other interested parties.
Projects and events should highlight the Mayflower’s heritage and highlight its story for both a local and international audience.
People working on smaller projects can apply for grants of up to £1,000, with bigger projects eligible for larger sums.
All initiatives have to include a live event or activity to take place in the lead up to the anniversary of the Mayflower sailing in November 2020, said the council.
The events should also take place within the SE16 area, but those taking place in areas of Mayflower significance in the wider SE1 area will also be considered.
Further details, including how to apply and eligibility, can be found here.