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.

COVID-19 and project extensions

Some libraries are opening in stages.

The Innovation Programme was due to end in March 2021. We've extended the end date until March 2022 (so projects to be delivered by July 2022).

The deadline for the second round of open innovation funding has been announced and we're accepting applications until 30 June 2021.

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 January 2022. 

Funding for libraries Friends Groups

The deadline for Friends Groups applications will now run monthly until 31 July 2022. 

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

To be eligible for the funding your Friends Group must:

Application deadlines for Friends Groups

You need to apply by 5pm on the last day of each month until 31 January 2022.

We’ll tell you if your application is successful within 2 weeks.

Funding for organisations

The Library Innovation Fund was launched in October 2019, offering just over £100,000 to be split between the city’s 27 libraries.

Up to £3,000 was made available for each library. View a list of the projects awarded funding in January 2020 (pdf, 139KB) (opens new window) .

There's a remaining pot of funding that was not awarded and this will be made available to apply for (as in the first round), with a deadline for receipt of applications on 30 June 2021. 

New funding deadline for organisations: 30 June 2021

The libraries and funds that have money available are detailed below.

Libraries and funds that have money available
Library Amount available Library Development Officer staff contact
Avonmouth £3,000
Filwood £525
Fishponds £1,418
Hartcliffe £353
Hillfields £1,900
Junction 3 £3,000
Redland £2,700
Southmead £1,954
St George £2,700
Westbury £2,700
Wick Road £1,111

Total amount available: £21,361

You can make an application for these remaining pots of money 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 by the 30 June 2021.

We’ll contact you by the end of July 2021 following the panel’s decision. 

Apply for funding

To apply:

Find information on:

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.