Plymouth has been awarded a grant of nearly £3.5 million from the Cultural Development Fund (CDF) to deliver the iMayflower project; one of only five projects in England and the only one in the South West.
iMayflower is helping Plymouth shout about its culture and creativity offer, develop a long term, sustainable legacy and provide skills and learning opportunities through events and community engagement. We are also supporting creative sector businesses to become more visible on an international stage.
The project involves working with partners across the city who are developing digital technology, such as 3-D printing, virtual reality or immersive technology to help the city expand its expertise in advanced manufacturing, robotics and digital making.
Over 200 businesses and social enterprises will benefit from support to develop new products, services, content and jobs over the next financial year, providing skills development for people from a range of communities, ages and backgrounds.
We are also helping creative organisations access much-needed finance through our partnership with Crowdfunder and Creative England.
Place shaping – delivering large scale cultural and creative events to inspire and enrich lives: Mayflower 400 and Ignite and Illuminate Light Festival
Creative sector business support – growing our digital creative industries, focusing on Immersive Tech and Digital Fabrication: Market Hall and The Bridge
Skills and learning programme – increasing the creative and business skills of our young people, communities, graduate and professionals: Smart Citizens through Plymouth College of Art, and Digital Badges and skills development with Real Ideas
Access to innovative finance – providing accessible start-up and scale-up funding for businesses in our creative economy.
Through this project we’ll be creating jobs, supporting businesses, delivering training and engaging with over 1.4 million people to celebrate and nurture Plymouth’s incredible creative and cultural industry.
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