The Arts Council’s Grants for the Arts Libraries Fund opened for applications in September 2012. It’s a £6 million scheme granting funding to public libraries of £1,000 to £100,000 for partnership arts schemes, and it’s open for application until March 2015. Find out more and apply.
The best way to demonstrate the need for an increased teen services budget is to hold successful teen events or projects in one’s library.For many of us working in UK public libraries, it’s difficult to convince our colleagues to release money from already tight budgets in order to fund youth projects so that their importance and feasibility may be shown.
Luckily, successful applications for external funding can help encourage to your local authority that teen services are worth more time and money, while simultaneously getting new youth projects off the ground.
The list below will be added to whenever I find a new source of external funding. Hopefully over time it will grow to great proportions! Whenever you find a new source of youth-related funding that public, school, or juvenile detention center libraries may access, please email it to email@example.com, and I’ll credit you at the end of this post.* A comprehensive list of funding sources for children and young people can be found on the Children & Young People Now website, but many of these sources are not available to libraries.
Sources of Funding for Teen / Young Adult Library Projects:
Staff-led sources of library funding:
+The Co-Operative Community Fund
+Paul Hamlyn Foundation
specifically thePaul Hamlyn Foundation Education and Learning Programme
+Arts Council England
+v Match Fund (informative PDF here)
Youth-led projects (young people must generate the ideas, fill out application and lead the project):
+O2 Think Big
+YouthBank (Young people may only apply if there is a Youth Bank in your area.)
+In England: The Big Lottery Fund’s Young People’s Fund
+Some chapters of the British Youth Council provide funding for young people’s projects. See the British Youth Council website for contact details of local Youth Councils.
Youth Opportunity Fund and Youth Capital Fund defunct
Media Box defunct
+CILIP East of England Small Grants Fund for staff development only (could be useful for staff trainings or the offsetting of conference costs)
+Hold a fundraiser! Here’s a YALSA post that shows you how: Dollars and Sense
+Crowdfunding is a relatively new way of raising funds for projects by getting small donations from interested individuals on the internet. See the Ideas Tap crowdfunding guide for further information and a helpful list of links.
If you know young people interested in getting funding for a project outside the library, you can find more information here: Big Lottery Fund Young People’s Funding Guide.
*Many thanks to Susy Chaplin, Matt Holmes, Fran Wilde and Anne Harding for their contributions to this list.