Community Library Support Fund 13/12/2023

Devon County Council is inviting Town and Parish Councils, alongside other community organisations to bid for funding through the Community Library Support Fund to enhance and develop local schemes and facilities providing access to books and reading in rural areas.

The new Community Library Support Fund is in response to the decision to decommission the mobile library fleet at the end of February 2024. The fund will help to provide and enhance more community spaces for local people to enjoy and expand their love of reading alongside existing activities providing access to social opportunities in your local area.

So, if you already have a local corner or room that is used as a book swap or library, or are looking to create one, this fund is for you. You can apply for a grant of between £100 and £300 which can be used for a range of things including:

  • Shelving
  • Comfy seating
  • Books
  • Lighting etc.

All you need to do is access the form available at Community Library Support Fund giving some details about your organisation and what you would like to spend the money on. This fund closes on 31st March 2024.

The fund is open to Town and Parish Councils, charities, voluntary community groups or church/faith groups that have an open and accessible space for readers to enjoy.

If you would like to apply or want to ask us a question about the fund please contact Devon County Council

Devon County Council would like to bring successful applicants together in the Spring alongside other groups interested in sharing good practice and learning. We would be interested to discuss future potential opportunities to source books, support and in accessing the Council’s wider library resources.