NAG was delighted to be able to offer the NAG Public Libraries Project of the Year Grant again in 2022 with £5,000 available for a project from a NAG Member library.

The winner for 2022 was Buckinghamshire Libraries with their Memory Bags project. Their project aimed to reach out and connect with people living with dementia and other conditions and will enable them to create 45 bespoke bags covering a range of topics.

This grant, launched in 2019, aims to enable public libraries to explore a project without requiring a lengthy application process and with the flexibility to cover a range of circumstances.  It could be developing a pilot project, or implementing an existing pilot within the service or with a wider audience.

The winners in 2021 were Wandsworth Libraries with their “Roehampton Kaleidoscope” and Derbyshire Libraries with “Read, Play, Puzzle” and each received £5,000 from the National Acquisitions Group.

In 2019, our co-chair, Alison Millar explained 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.”

We have no set requirements for a project but aspects the panel will consider include the value for money in terms of how many people will this project reach, the long term sustainability after the initial grant funded period, and the level of innovation and whether it will potentially provide a new model or idea for other libraries around the UK to copy or adapt.

All applicants for the NAG Grant must be current NAG members (please email the office if you need to check your local authority’s membership status).

Buckinghamshire’s winning project was introduced at NAG Forum in May 2022 and will be presented in full at a NAG event in 2023 with accompanying pieces on our website. 

Applications for the Grant for 2023 will open in December 2022 with a deadline in March 2023. A new application form will be used to better enable the comparison of projects.

To view the 2021/2022 application process, please download the PDF below with further details and full terms and conditions: