Funding released for Somerset's libraries
Funding worth £50,000 has been made available to help communities and voluntary organisations across Somerset deliver library services.
The grant is part of the Community Enablement Fund - a scheme that has awarded over £300,000 in grants to local communities since its launch in 2012.
Councillor David Hall, Deputy Leader of Somerset County Council and cabinet member responsible for libraries, said: “We know our libraries are important to our residents and local communities value the services they offer.
“This award will be invested to encourage and empower those communities to get involved and help with the delivery of the services within their communities in line with our strategy.
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“I am delighted this application attracted the maximum award available through the Community Enablement Fund.”
In December, the county council’s cabinet agreed a strategy for the library service. It includes setting up pilot schemes to explore how public services could share space in libraries, or communities could have a greater say in how their libraries are run.
This new funding will be available for community organisations, including town and parish council and community and voluntary groups, to work with the council to develop such schemes.
For example, it could be used to make improvements to library spaces to make them more accessible for other community uses.
County councillor David Huxtable, cabinet member for resources with responsibility for the Community Enablement Fund, said: “It’s been fantastic to see there are so many community based organisations in Somerset that are eager to get involved in the delivery of services in their own communities.
“I’m delighted the Community Enablement Fund has allowed us to support them to do just that.”