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 September 2021 (so projects to be delivered by July 2021).

The deadline for the second round of open innovation funding will be postponed from the 29 May and will be re-planned once libraries re-open.

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 July 2021. 

Funding for libraries Friends Groups

All Bristol libraries are closed until further notice.

The deadline for Friends Groups applications will now run monthly until 31 July 2021. 

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 have a:

  • bank account
  • written constitution

Application deadlines for Friends Groups

You need to apply by 5pm on the last day of each month until 31 July 2021.

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

Funding for organisations

Following the Library Innovation Fund application process that took place in January, we made awards to 30 successful projects across 24 libraries. See our libraries and projects sheet (pdf, 209KB) (opens new window) for a list of the funded funded projects.

There is a remaining pot of funding that was not awarded as show in our libraries and amounts leaflet (pdf, 337KB) (opens new window) . This will be made available to apply for, as in the first round, with a deadline for receipt of applications on 29 May 2020.

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