Public Libraries Project of the Year Grant Award

NAG are pleased to announce that their Public Libraries Project of the Year Grant for 2021 has been awarded to Wandsworth Libraries with their “Roehampton Kaleidoscope” and Derbyshire Libraries with “Read, Play, Puzzle” and each will receive £5,000 from the National Acquisitions Group.

This grant, launched in 2019, aims to enable public libraries to take forward an innovative project, which may have already had a pilot phase, and develop it further.  We have doubled the grant pot to £10,000 this year, enabling us to support two projects.

Our co-chair, Alison Millar explains the motivation behind providing this fund:

“As co-chair I am keen that NAG gives opportunities for public libraries to learn from each other and because of that I am so pleased that NAG are offering this award. While we welcome innovative new projects we are also excited to fund the “what if?” type of project. Have you had something that you have wanted to give a go for a while? Do you have a problem that you would like to try out solutions for? Then this NAG grant is for you. If you are awarded the fund all we need afterwards is for you to share your experiences with other library colleagues.”

All applicants for the NAG Grant must be NAG members (please email the office if you need to check your local authority’s membership status).  NAG membership for public libraries is currently FREE (normally £75).

The winning projects will be presented at NAG events in 2022 with accompanying pieces on our website.  Applications are planned to open for 2022 in November/December 2021 with a closing date in March 2022.

To view the 2021 application process, please download the PDF below with further details and full terms and conditions:

Full Details (PDF)
2021 Winners Press Release

Award Winners