Library Innovation Fund

Library Innovation Fund

The Library service had £108K set aside for dealing with the changes which were expected to take place following the 2017 consultation (which, you may recall, expected the closure of 17 libraries). As no changes subsequently took place, the service is offering £4,000 per library, to be spent by December 2020. The details, as given on the Council website are as follows:

Funding for libraries Friends Groups
Libraries Friends Groups can apply for up to £1000 to help:
• set up and run the group
• pay for ideas for improving the library service
We need to apply by 5pm on the last day of each month, up to 30 September 2020. We will be told if our application is successful within 2 weeks.

Funding for organisations
You can apply for up to £3000 if you’re a:
• voluntary and community sector community-based organisation
• charity
• not for profit company
Priority will be given to organisations based in Bristol.
The money can be used to improve:
• how libraries and communities work together
• library buildings
• how library services are run
You need to apply by 13 December 2019.
You will be told if your application is successful by mid January 2020.

I will come clean and say now that I have a particular thought for the latter money, in that it could be used to purchase foldable chairs and a secure outside storage unit, enabling the library building to be used for meetings outside hours. However, I expect that there will be a number of other ideas that spring to mind, and I think we need to discuss them as a matter of some urgency, given that the deadline for applications is December 13th. Please let me know your views via the contact form (or at the Coffee morning)…

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