We have received an overwhelming amount of applications from across Europe, with a multifaceted array of project approaches and perspectives. The final decision was taken by an external group of people, the PL2020 Advisory Committee, gathering experts from the library and advocacy field, which met in November 2014.
After scrutinising the broad range of proposals, the members of the Advisory Committee decided to select to the following projects for granting:
- ANBPR - National Association of Librarians and Public Libraries in Romania - “EUSPHERE - European Union Libraries Space - HERE”
Advisory Committee members considered this ambitious national advocacy project to have the potential to set an example for other EU countries. The proposal is based on strong data, aiming to establish a co-financing national agency to assist libraries when applying for EU funds.
- BLIA - Bulgarian Library and Information Association - “Libraries - Inspiration and Lifelong Learning for All”
The objectives of this strong national advocacy project involve commitments of policymakers for libraries to be included in several national relevant action plans and increased funding for libraries.
- Slovenian Public Libraries Association – “Public Libraries Supporting Social Inclusion”
This timely project has significant potential to impact the Slovenian library community by developing a promising advocacy model. Advisory Committee considered it to be well suited for the intended outcomes, reaching out to policymakers at national and European level.
- Tallinn Central Library – “Vote for your local library!”
This is innovative short-term awareness raising campaign capitalises on the Estonian parliamentary elections which are going to take place on March 1, 2015. The proposal is deemed as an effective library promotion campaign that aims at creating opportunities for immediate exchanges with policymakers.
Before advocacy grants can be awarded, the financial credibility of organizations that submitted selected proposals is being verified and individual contracts prepared.
We would like to thank all applicants for their high quality proposals. We encourage those who have not been awarded a grant at this time to consider submitting a future application for the next round of Public Libraries 2020 advocacy grants. The second deadline for applying is March 27, 2015, at 18:00 CET. Good luck!