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Apply for funding for ideas for your library

Apply for funding for ideas for your library

What funding is available, who can apply and how.

What funding is available

We’re offering funding to help pay for ideas for libraries that will benefit local people. It’s called the Innovation Fund. It’s available for projects or activities that can be completed by December 2020. 

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

You need to apply by 5pm on the last day of each month, up to 30 September 2020. We’ll tell you if your 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

We’ll give priority to organisations based in Bristol.

It 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. 

We’ll tell you if your application is successful by mid January 2020.

Apply for funding

To apply:

Read guidance on how to fill in an application form (pdf, 489KB) (opens new window) .

After you apply

We’ll assess your application based on how well it:

  • empowers and cares for people
  • is fair and inclusive
  • helps connect people in communities
  • supports and enables wellbeing

If your application is successful, you’ll need to present your project or activity at meeting with people from the libraries Friends Groups and other community representatives.