Applications are now open to Arts Council England’s Grants for the arts Libraries fund and libraries in Wigan are encouraged to apply. Over the next two and a half years, £6 million of National Lottery money will be invested in projects delivered by public libraries or library authorities working in partnership with cultural organisations involving all types of art/artistic activities including: music, dance, theatre, visual arts and literature.
The Arts Council wants the Grants for the arts Libraries fund to inspire ambitious and innovative partnerships between libraries and arts organisations that will encourage library users, and those living locally to get involved with arts and culture. By investing £6 million for public libraries to lead on artistic activities, the Arts Council are recognising the important role that libraries can play as centres of discovery.
Yes, libraries are places in which people develop a real love of books and can access information, but they are also at the very hearts of their communities. They can be exciting places in which you can encounter music, drama, sculpture, or any kind of art; somewhere that sparks an interest that might just become a real passion.
Public libraries can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £100,000, covering activities lasting up to three years. The fund opens to applications today and will run until March 2015. Guidance notes for applicants can be found on the Arts Council website.