New £500,000 Public Engagement Funding Programme for UK Libraries – 25th September 2019 (UK)

The Carnegie UK Trust has announced that public libraries can apply for a share of funding through the second phase of Engaging Libraries Programme to deliver projects that involve and share with the public research in health, society and culture, and to foster partnerships between public libraries and researchers.  A total of £500,000 is available.

  • Engaging Libraries Phase 2 has three core aims. The programme aims to:
    • Energise and empower people through engagement with research about health, society and culture in one of the following ways:
    • Enable people to access, use and respond to research
    • Enable people to value and think critically about research
    • Enable people to play a role in formulating research


  • Enable public libraries to build upon and explore their civic role as safe spaces for participation and engagement with research.
  • Facilitate partnerships between public libraries and universities or Independent Research Organisations (IROs).

Public libraries are encouraged to bring their own ideas and definitions of these areas and to identify issues which resonate for their library service and the community they serve. Around twenty projects will be funded.

Public libraries can apply on their own or in partnership with other libraries.

The level of funding available is:

  • £12,000 – £25,000 for applications from a single library service
  • £12,000 – £50,000 for a joint application

The Trust is also encouraging partnerships with different organisations and individuals, including schools, artists or musicians.  The closing date for applications is at 5pm on the 25th September 2019.

Potential applicants that have any queries can email

Useful Links:

Application Pack

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