Applications are now open for the second phase of the Engaging Libraries funding programme for public libraries across the UK.

The programme, which is a partnership between Carnegie UK Trust, Wellcome and the Wolfson Foundation, focuses on public engagement projects. Phase 2 of Engaging Libraries focuses on research within the themes of health, society and culture and will help to facilitate partnerships between public libraries and researchers.

What The Programme Offers

Engaging Libraries Programme ImageEngaging Libraries offers £12k – £25k worth of funding if you are applying as a single library service and between £12k – £50k if you are submitting a joint application. It provides support by matching successful applicants to suitable research partners (if they do not already have a research partner in mind) and a Development Programme providing contacts with experts as well as the opportunity to share ideas and learn with other Engaging Libraries participants. An external evaluation ensures learning and experience is captured and shared more widely.

Phase two of the UK-wide programme has three core aims, which are to:

  • Energise and empower people through engagement with research about health, society and culture.
  • 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).
How To Apply

Around 20 projects will be supported in total with projects beginning to take shape in November this year and coming to a close in May 2021. You can download an Application Pack for Engaging Libraries Phase 2 from the Carnegie UK Trust website. You’ll also find more information on the programme’s aims, case studies and even guidance on approaching researchers. Applications are open until Wednesday September 25th at 5pm.