Engaging Libraries fund for public libraries with Carnegie UK Trust
A new £150k programme, Engaging Libraries, has been launched to support innovative public library projects across the UK and Ireland, including Wales, which place creative and imaginative public engagement ideas and health and wellbeing at their heart.
The programme is led by Carnegie UK Trust working in partnership with Wellcome, the world’s largest medical research charity. It will help public libraries bring people together with the aim of inspiring curiosity, sparking debate and creating conversations on health and wellbeing.
Libraries are encouraged to think broadly about potential themes and activities which may be suitable for funding – projects might seek to engage people on issues like understanding how the brain works, exploring how to cope with a long term illness, or sharing experiences of IVF treatment through engaging. Activities might include exhibitions, film screenings, performances or the development of digital tools.
The one-year Engaging Libraries project will run from October 2017 and the £150k programme will support up to ten projects.
Carnegie UK Trust’s founder, Andrew Carnegie, built over 600 libraries across the UK and Republic of Ireland and the Trust continues to deliver a wide range of programmes to support public libraries.
Martyn Evans, Chief Executive, Carnegie UK Trust, said: ‘Public libraries provide a safe, trusted space at the hearts of communities. They are well placed for engaging the public in health and wellbeing and already make a significant positive contribution to the cultural and physical health of communities. We are excited to be working with Wellcome to develop and deliver a new programme that builds on the existing assets of public libraries.’
Applications will be open from 2 May until 23 August 2017. Library staff interested in applying are invited to a workshop where they can receive further information and support to develop ideas. These will be held in London on 9 and 10 May and in Dunfermline on 18 May 2017. More information can be found on the Carnegie UK Trust website.