What funding is available, who can apply and how.

COVID-19 and project extensions

The Innovation Programme was due to end in March 2022. We extended the end date until August 2022, so projects were to be delivered by the end of August 2022.

What funding is available

We were offering funding to help pay for ideas for libraries that would benefit local people. 

It was called the Innovation Fund but it is now closed for new applications. However, there is still funding available for our Friends Groups and to help set up Friends Groups.

Funding for libraries Friends Groups

The deadline for Friends Groups applications will now run monthly until 28 February 2023. 

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 28 February 2023.

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

Apply for Friends 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 a meeting with people from the libraries Friends Groups and other community representatives in August 2022.

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 pdf list of the projects awarded funding in January 2020 (139 KB) .

There was a second round of funding from innovation funds that weren't allocated in January 2020. The deadline for applications was 30 June 2021. The panel board awarded funding to four projects from Junction 3, Redland, Westbury and Wick Road libraries. See a document list of the projects awarded funding in August 2021 (14 KB)

We allocated the remaining funding for each library after talking to Friends Groups, community groups and ward councillors. We'll spend the funding by December 2022.