About the NAG Grant

This NAG 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 winner for 2024 is Wakefield Libraries with their Travelling Cinema project; you can read more about their project and all of our previous winners below.

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. The more information you can give around these aspects, the higher your project is likely to score.

All applicants for the NAG Grant must be current NAG members. Public Library membership is currently discounted to £75.00 +VAT. To view the 2024 application process, please download the PDF below with further details and full terms and conditions.

Our 2024 Grant went to Wakefield Libraries for their Travelling Cinema project.

This project will bring the cinema experience into Wakefield’s branch libraries to enable everyone to enjoy films from the latest blockbusters right through to local interest archive films from the past. The showings will reach a variety of audiences from book groups watching the film adaptation to Christmas and Halloween events for children alongside a school holiday offer and options for older audiences on an evening.

The project will be presented to other NAG members at the Forum event in May 2025 and will be featured in our Members’ journal Taking Stock to enable sharing and discussion.