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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.

To be eligible for the funding your Friends Group must have a:

  • bank account
  • written constitution

Funding for organisations

New funding deadlines for organisations:

  • Draft applications: 13 December 2019
  • Final application deadline: 13 January 2020

Your final application will only be accepted on 13 January if you’ve submitted a draft application by 13 December 2019.

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

Application deadlines and guidance

You should complete the fund application form as fully as possible by the 13 December 2019.  

If you don't have time then you can send us a draft application.

As a minimum include your idea, the library considerations and cost: these are questions 6, 7 and 8.

This can be your draft application.

After we receive your draft application we’ll:

  • get back to you after the 13 December with follow up questions if there are gaps or queries
  • share the details of all groups who have applied per library, in case joining up applications is of benefit

You have until 13 January 2020 to finalise your application.

Your final application will only be accepted on 13 January if you’ve submitted a draft application by 13 December 2019.

As a result of this extension, the decision date will now be changing. We’ll contact you in early February 2019 following the panel’s decision.

Apply for funding

To apply:

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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.