The CyMAL grant paperwork is now available and the schemes are open for applications from libraries (and museums and archives) in Wales for 2012-13 projects. Minister for Housing Regeneration and Heritage Huw Lewis announced the grant scheme yesterday to coincide with his visit to the recently renovated and multi-purpose venue of Bargoed Library in Hanbury Road Baptist Chapel, Bargoed (Caerphilly). (I’ll do a blog post about this venue later.)
Libraries in Wales can apply for grants in a range of priority areas within the Innovation and Development scheme, or for the capital scheme of the Community Learning Libraries grants (for public library refurbishments). The closing date for applications is 23rd January 2012.
As your friendly and helpful Libraries Development Adviser I am the first point of contact for the Innovation and Development grants, so if you have any ideas that you want to discuss, contact me. My details are on my About page, or in the grant paperwork. My line manager Huw Evans is the first contact for the capital grant scheme. Contacts for colleagues for museums and archives are given in the grant paperwork.
Librarians should note that it is a competitive grant scheme and each year the assessors do have to turn applications down. It is advisable to seek advice and start planning sooner rather than later.