Bursaries

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Skills and Knowledge Exchange Bursary

Bursaries are available for CENL members to share skills and knowledge. They are up to the value of €1000 per application.

About the bursary

The bursary can relate to any aspect of skills and knowledge exchange such as:

  • Visiting a national library for face-to-face mentoring and shadowing to learn new skills and share your experiences
  • Attending a training event (e.g., tutorials, workshops, seminars, conferences) run by other national libraries
  • Running a workshop for members to attend and share best practice
  • Preparing a webinar or online event for members

Application eligibility criteria

  • Your employer is a CENL member
  • Your national library is up to date with CENL membership fee payments
  • All activities are with other CENL members and enable skills and knowledge exchange

Deadline

There is no fixed deadline to apply for the Skills and Knowledge Exchange Bursary, applications are accepted year-round.

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Erland Kolding Nielsen Grant

The Erland Kolding Nielsen Grant celebrates the enormous contribution Erland Kolding Nielsen has made to the development of European libraries throughout his long and distinguished career.

About the grant

The Erland Kolding Nielsen Grant is a grant of up to €5.000, which is awarded to CENL member library projects that promote international collaboration and strengthen bonds between CENL libraries.

In 2017 CENL introduced a grant to celebrate the enormous contribution Erland Kolding Nielsen made to the development of European libraries throughout his long and distinguished career as Director General of the Royal Library, Denmark from 1986-2017.

The grant is based on proposals from either individual CENL member libraries or from a group of member libraries. The grant can focus on any aspect of international library collaboration including:

  • Development of collections (physical and digital)
  • Improving research
  • Educational or cultural services including exhibitions
  • Promoting interlibrary staff communications
  • Staff development
  • Infrastructure development

Application eligibility criteria

  • Your employer is a CENL member
  • Your national library is up to date with CENL membership fee payments
  • All collaboration activities are in partnership with other CENL members and will foster international collaboration

The 2020 Call for Applications has  now closed

Successful recipients will be announced in the CENL Newsletter in May 2020.

The 2021 Call for Applications will open in early 2021.

Donate to the grant

If you or your institution would like to donate to the CENL grant in honour of Erland, we would be very pleased to hear from you. Please contact cenl@bl.uk and we will send you details of how to donate.

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Covid-19 Support Fund

The CENL Executive Committee is proud to announce a new Covid-19 Support Fund. National Libraries have been badly affected by Covid-19 with the majority having to close their doors for a long period of time. These closures had major impacts on the finances of our CENL members and this fund is a solidary response to bring financial support to our most affected members and help them navigate the period ahead beyond reopening.

This new situation should also be an opportunity for new creative projects and ways to collaborate with each other, which this new fund also wants to support.

 

What is the Covid-19 Support Fund?

The Covid-19 Support Fund is a new fund to respond and provide funding to help CENL members respond to immediate challenges connected to the Covid-19 crisis, and offer support to adapt and reimagine ways of working together for the longer-term future.

What can the grant be spent on?

  • Additional Covid-19 costs 

The maximum amount of €2,500 per grantee

Apply to cover extra costs connected to re-opening, such as staffing, equipment or training to prepare your reading rooms and buildings.

  • Creative project

The maximum amount of €2,500 per grantee

Apply for new projects to explore working innovatively through digital methods to consider new and innovative ways to collaborate with CENL members or support your readers’ needs.

Where to apply?

There will be one round to apply for the Covid-19 Support Fund in 2020.

Apply by Wednesday 30th September, 5pm GMT and we’ll aim to inform you of our decision by Tuesday 6th October.

How to apply?

Download the application form here and email it to cenl@bl.uk by Wednesday 30th Septemberr, 5pm GMT.

FAQ’S

Are you eligible?

Your employer is a CENL member

Your application must be approved by the Director of your library.

Your national library is up to date with CENL membership fee payments

What can the grant be spent on?

  • Additional Covid-19 costs

The €2,500 can be spent on additional costs connected to re-opening your reading rooms and buildings.

Eligible expenditure would therefore include:

  • Additional staff
  • Protective equipment, new equipment for social distancing
  • New training on social distancing
  • Creative Project

The €2,500 can be spent on new projects to explore working innovatively through digital methods to consider new and innovative ways to collaborate with CENL members or support your readers’ needs.

Eligible expenditure would therefore include:

  • Equipment costs
  • Costs relating to the creative activity (contributions to creative collaborators, training, costs relating to digital sharing etc)
  • Communication costs

Terms & Conditions of Covid-19 Support grants

  • Your national library’s CENL member must approve and sign the application.
  • The CENL Executive Committee will determine the award of the grant.
  • The successful applicant will submit a report to the CENL Secretariat at the end of the project. This report will be posted to the CENL website.
  • The successful grantee (or a representative from their institution) may be asked to give a presentation to the CENL membership at the next Annual General Meeting following the completion of the project.
  • Statement of costs must be provided estimating the anticipated costs, and if awarded your organisation will receive 80% of the grant upfront with the remainder of the grant amount being paid upon completion of the activity.
  • Details of expenses must be provided verifying costs incurred including original receipts. Final payment will only be made if relevant documentation is provided.
  • Where the grant is not used, any underspend must be repaid to CENL Secretariat.
  • Grant payments will be made into the national library account of the CENL member applying.

How and when will the decisions be made?

The CENL Secretariat will share eligible applications with the CENL Executive Committee who will score applications and make recommendations.

Successful applicants will be issued offer letters. Unsuccessful applicants will be informed by email.

This is not a ‘first-come-first-served’ relief fund so any application submitted will be considered at the same time and against the same criteria.

How much is available through the fund?

A total of €10,000 is available to be distributed through this fund.

Support for members with access requirements

To reduce barriers, we will take requests for additional advice, video application options and a 4-day deadline extension before Wednesday 30th September, 5pm GMT. Please contact cenl@bl.uk if your access requirements mean you need extra support.

Can I apply if I have already received a CENL bursary or EKN grant?

Yes – if you’ve been an EKN or CENL Bursary grantee in 2020 or in the past, you can still apply.

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Hidden Stories Fund

CENL recently supported IFLA’s dedication to inclusion, and to actively work against racial discrimination of all kinds. As national libraries, we need to ensure that our collections, events and exhibitions are genuinely inclusive and representative of and for all communities.

To address these needs, the CENL Executive Committee is proud to announce a new ‘Hidden Stories Fund’. This new fund aims to support projects to collect, preserve, research and highlight the stories from, by and related to underrepresented communities in our national collections.

What is the ‘Hidden Stories Fund’?

The ‘Hidden Stories Fund’ is a new fund to support CENL members who have new projects to collect, preserve, research and highlight the stories from, by and related to underrepresented communities in their national collections. This fund‘s aim is to encourage and support working with underrepresented communities to ensure that their stories are preserved for future generations.

Our definition of ‘underrepresented communities’ includes any voices who have not been offered the same platforms as dominant voices and include women, BAME and LGBTQ+ communities, people with disabilities, caring responsibilities, and those from socially or economically disadvantaged backgrounds, as well as any communities whose stories have been underexplored previously.

The fund will offer grants of up to €2,500 for eligible projects.

What can the grant be spent on?

  • Acquisition of new collection items reflecting the experiences & stories of, or created by, underrepresented communities
  • Research projects to investigate existing and still unexplored collections related to or created by underrepresented communities
  • Production of digitised content (imaging, audio, video) reflecting the stories and experiences of underrepresented communities
  • Exhibition proposals curated in collaboration with underrepresented communities, showcasing their stories
  • Outreach and public engagement projects with local underrepresented communities to collect, preserve, research and highlight their stories
  • Programme of public events, by/with underrepresented communities, to highlight their stories

Where to apply?

There will be one round to apply for the ‘Hidden Stories Fund’ in 2020.

Apply by Wednesday 30th September, 5pm GMT and we’ll aim to inform you of our decision by Tuesday 6th October.

How to apply?

Download the application form here and email it to cenl@bl.uk by Wednesday 30th September, 5pm GMT.

FAQ’S

Are you eligible?

Your employer is a CENL member

Your application must be approved by the Director of your library.

Your national library is up to date with CENL membership fee payments

What can the grant be spent on?

The grant must be spent on projects to collect, preserve, research and highlight the untold stories from and by underrepresented communities in our national collections.

Eligible expenditure would therefore include:

  • Acquisition of new collections items
  • Research costs such as research staff costs, travel costs for research purpose
  • Digitisation, recording (sound, video) and copyright clearance costs
  • Costs relating to exhibition activity (contributions to community collaborators, training, costs relating to displays)
  • Costs relating to outreach and engagement projects with communities (recording & filming, training, workshop material, contributions to community collaborators, displays)
  • Costs relating to public events (speakers fees & travel costs, contributions to community collaborators etc)

Terms & Conditions of Covid-19 Support grants

  • Your national library’s CENL member must approve and sign the application.
  • The CENL Executive Committee will determine the award of the grant.
  • The successful applicant will submit a report to the CENL Secretariat at the end of the project. This report will be posted to the CENL website.
  • The successful grantee (or a representative from their institution) may be asked to give a presentation to the CENL membership at the next Annual General Meeting following the completion of the project.
  • Statement of costs must be provided estimating the anticipated costs, and if awarded your organisation will receive 80% of the grant upfront with the remainder of the grant amount being paid upon completion of the activity.
  • Details of expenses must be provided verifying costs incurred including original receipts. Final payment will only be made if relevant documentation is provided.
  • Where the grant is not used, any underspend must be repaid to CENL Secretariat.
  • Grant payments will be made into the national library account of the CENL member applying.

How and when will the decisions be made?

The CENL Secretariat will share eligible applications with the CENL Executive Committee who will score applications and make recommendations.

Successful applicants will be issued offer letters. Unsuccessful applicants will be informed by email.

This is not a ‘first-come-first-served’ relief fund so any application submitted will be considered at the same time and against the same criteria.

How much is available through the fund?

A total of €10,000 is available to be distributed through this fund.

Support for members with access requirements

To reduce barriers, we will take requests for additional advice, video application options and a 3-day deadline extension before Wednesday 30th September, 5pm GMT. Please contact cenl@bl.uk if your access requirements mean you need extra support

Can I apply if I have already received a CENL bursary or EKN grant?

Yes – if you’ve been an EKN or CENL Bursary grantee in 2020 or in the past, you can still apply.

DOWNLOAD APPLICATION FORM

Contact for more information.