$894,996 in grants for Queensland public libraries

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Projects that create inclusive spaces for people with disabilities, capture cultural capital or support new parents are some of the exciting Queensland public library initiatives to benefit from nearly $894,996 in State Government grants, administered by State Library of Queensland.

Strategic Priorities Grants

$395,164 has been awarded through State Library’s Public Library Strategic Priorities Grants, enabling 16 councils to roll out programs and services in their local libraries by July.

The Strategic Priorities Grants help councils realise the full potential of their libraries and allows libraries to address the specific needs of the local community.

First 5 Forever Project Grants

About $500,000 has been awarded through State Library’s First 5 Forever Project Grants, which will enable 17 councils to deliver programs that support children’s literacy development or empower families by highlighting their role in early literacy.

These project grants are in addition to annual State Library funding to councils to deliver the First 5 Forever early literacy program in their libraries. The grants encourage innovation in the way services are delivered and allows all public libraries to learn from different creative approaches.

Councils Funded

In total, 28 councils will be offered funding through the Public Library Strategic Priorities Grants and First 5 Forever Project Grants as part of the Queensland Government’s annual support, through State Library of Queensland, of around $30 million to Queensland’s public libraries and Indigenous Knowledge Centres.

These latest grant rounds come after 19 councils received a total of $72,483 under State Library’s new Realising Our Potential Micro Grants round earlier this year, designed to provide quick funding assistance for short-term, time-limited projects.

“Libraries are vital community hubs that provide spaces and programs for learning, literacy and storytelling,” Minister for the Arts, Leeanne Enoch said.

“These grants will allow libraries in regions across the state to deliver locally-focused initiatives that provide learning and engagement opportunities for their communities.”

“State Library congratulates the recipients of these important grants programs,” State Librarian and CEO, Vicki McDonald said.

“We were impressed by the number and quality of applications we received from councils across the state who want to improve literacy and engagement in their communities.”

The full list of grant recipients and projects funded can be found online at the PL Connect website