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Green Libraries Scotland Grant Fund reopens for 2024

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We are delighted to announce that the Green Libraries Scotland Grant Fund is now open for 2024!

Application Deadline: 4pm on Friday 14th June 2024

Access our application guidelines

The Fund:

With support from the CILIP Scotland Trustee Board, we are pleased to offer grants of up to £2,500 open to libraries of all sectors in Scotland seeking to grow environmental understanding and action.

Who is eligible to apply:

  • The grants are available for library services of all sectors in Scotland.
  • We particularly welcome applications from library services with little or no prior experience of applying to similar grant funds.
  • You may work with non-library service partners for your proposed project (for example, a local environmental organisation or community group) but the application must be made by a library service.
  • The lead applicant must be a CILIP member.
  • The application does not need to be completed by your Head of Library Service but must be approved by them before submission.

What you may apply for:

  • Your proposed project must make an innovative contribution to library-led environmental action and climate justice in Scotland, with the potential to have long-term impact. Please see our full assessment criteria below and consult our application guidelines for further details.
  • Your application should give a clear indication of how you will spend the grant if successful. Decisions on final grant amounts rest with the selection committee.

Assessment Criteria:

A selection committee including representatives from CILIPS, Green Libraries Scotland supporting organisations and sector experts will review all applications and assess them according to the following criteria:

  1. The project shows innovation in its vision for library-led environmental action in Scotland.
  2. The project has the potential to bring long-term value to the library service and the community it serves.
  3. The project contributes to local climate justice, harnessing how libraries can champion underrepresented groups in and through environmental action.
  4. The project demonstrates feasibility and the ability to deliver outputs (to library users and the CILIPS community) within the draft timescale provided.

For more information, please read our application guidelines or email

Apply online now

Key Dates:

Applications open: Monday 11th March 2024

Applications deadline: 4pm Friday 14th June 2024

Successful applicants notified: w/c Monday 1st July 2024

Project progress update: w/c Monday 7th October 2024

Projects completed by: Friday 31st May 2025

How to apply:

  • The application form is available online as a Google Form.
    • Please note that, if not signed into a Google account, the form may not save your answers automatically. If you wish to draft your answers and return to them later, we recommend saving them in a separate document (you are welcome to use this template featuring our five longform questions).
  • If you require an alternative format for accessibility, please contact CILIPS.
  • After submitting your application, you will receive a confirmation email from the CILIPS team within two working days. Please contact us at if you have not received this.

Good luck, Green Champions!

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