Bristol funds local libraries

Communities wanting to improve their local libraries can be granted funding for their ideas

  • October 12, 2019 15:00
  • Author Anton Stoyanov
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Earlier last week, Bristol Libraries announced the launch of a new fund aimed at helping communities in the city grow, improve and develop their local libraries.

The so-called Library Innovation Fund was announced following the Citywide Friends’ Group Meeting. It will be responsible for the allocation of 100,000 pounds to the 27 local libraries of Bristol.

Community engagement – driving factor of local improvements

The principle goal of the project is to get citizens involved in the process of improving their local landmarks. The city’s administration is adamant that residents will be the ones proposing ideas and projects for the development of their libraries – as they are supposedly most well-aware of what is needed.

16 of the 27 libraries of Bristol have a Friends’ group who will be responsible for their development. Citizens working on the development of the remaining 11 will be assisted by the library services, who will help them bring forward proposals and ideas.

When it comes to cash allocation, 1,000 pounds will be granted to each Friends’ Group and a further 3,000 will be made available to each library. Bids on development projects will be accepted from local businesses, community groups and individuals.

Councillor Asher Craig, Deputy Mayor of Bristol, responsible for the city’s library service stated on the occasion: “As part of our continued commitment to the library service, we are giving local people the chance to improve their local libraries and implement the ideas they would like to see… The fund will enable communities to take the lead on putting their ideas into action.”

“We are delighted there are now 16 Friends’ Groups across the city, but we want all communities to benefit from this fund so it will be open to community organisations and partner organisations who are keen to work with residents to bring ideas to life.”

Applications for funding are opening in October and will run until October 2020. You can find out more about the process at the city’s website.

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