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Public Library Grants

2018/19 Public Library Grants

In 2018/19 regional and rural public libraries were eligible to apply for grants through the Regional Cultural Fund and  metropolitan public libraries were eligible for the Metropolitan Public Library Grants program.

Regional Cultural Fund

The Regional Cultural Fund recipients are on the Create NSW website.

Metropolitan Public Library Grants

The Minister for the Arts Don Harwin approved the 2018/19 Metropolitan Public Library Grants as listed below.

2018/19 Metropolitan Public Library Grant recipients
Council Project Amount
Blacktown Max Webber Library refurbishment $85,000
Canada Bay Canada Bay Connections phase 2 $80,000
Cumberland Spaces at Cumberland - library strategy implementation $90,000
Fairfield Children's area refresh $85,000
The Hills Small Space, Big Impact: shaping a fresh future for Dural Library $93,240
Hornsby Lets Make a Space $71,545
Inner West Haberfield Library opening day collection $80,000
Lane Cove Mobile STEAM Makerspace: A Shorelink libraries project $50,000
Liverpool Building an assistive technology space for Liverpool Library $35,524
Newcastle Newcastle Stories DX Digitisation Lab $80,000
Northern Beaches Outdoor living room and bush tucker garden for Glen Street Library $50,000
Randwick The Third Space, Lionel Bowen Community Centre $80,000
Sutherland Local studies digitisation and access project $79,691
Woollahra Local history digitisation project $40,000
Total 14   $1,000,000

Metropolitan Public Library Grants were available to the following NSW local authorities:

Bayside, Blacktown, Blue Mountains, Burwood, Camden, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, City of Canada Bay, City of Parramatta, City of Ryde, City of Sydney, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Hawkesbury, The Hills, Hornsby, Hunters Hill, Inner West, Ku-Ring-Gai, Lane Cove, Liverpool, Mosman, Newcastle, North Sydney, Northern Beaches, Penrith, Randwick, Strathfield, Sutherland, Waverley, Willoughby, Wollondilly, Wollongong, Woollahra.

Councils that were eligible to apply for the Regional Cultural Fund in 2018/19 were not eligible to apply for the Metropolitan Public Library Grants.

Previous recipients

Previous recipients can be found through the State Library of NSW Annual Reports.

Reporting forms

From the 2017/18 Public Library Grant round reporting and acquittal forms are to be filled out in Smartygrants. The applicant will receive an email directly from Smartygrants when a form is available for completion.

Further information and instructions

2016/17 PLIG round and previous years

For grants from previous years please fill out the forms below.

Library Development Grants archive

Previous Library Development Grants Guidelines are available below for the reference of councils that are yet to acquit funded projects.