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Past Grants

Realising our Potential Program

Realising our potential: A vision for Queensland public libraries (the Vision) communicates a shared and aspirational future for Queensland public libraries and Indigenous Knowledge Centres (IKCs). It articulates the partnership between state and local government to enable a vibrant and dynamic network of public libraries and IKCs, and guides State Library of Queensland’s (State Library's) service offer, including the administration of grants, professional development and other statewide projects.

Grants made available through the Realising our Potential Program are designed to assist public libraries and IKCs to deliver projects that reflect one or more of the four objectives outlined in the Vision:

  • Realising our potential
  • Deeply local outcomes
  • Extending our reach
  • Future focused workforce

Past Grant Rounds

In 2019-20 a wide array of creative projects will be delivered across Queensland using grant funds, including an Entrepreneur-in-Residence program at the including both in-library and outreach activities, the revitalisation of the Accessibility Centre at Logan North Library, and the creation of a Speaker’s Corner space within the Calliope Library to provide a stage and audience seating where public programs can be delivered for free in a comfortable and safe environment.

Public Library Strategic Priorities Grant 2018-19: Grants awarded to 16 councils

Realising our Potential Micro Grant 2018-19: Grants awarded to 19 councils

First 5 Forever Program

First 5 Forever (F5F) is a family literacy initiative delivered by public libraries and Indigenous Knowledge Centres (IKCs) across Queensland which aims to provide strong early literacy foundations for all Queensland children aged 0-5 years.

F5F connects families to the information, resources and support they need to build the best foundation for their child’s future language and literacy development.

F5F Project Grant funding is provided to councils to deliver innovative projects through public libraries and IKCs across Queensland that:

  1. Support stronger language and early literacy environments for children aged 0-5 delivered by public libraries and IKCs; or
  2. that more broadly connect families with their role in early literacy and the support that is available through public libraries and IKCs.

Past Grant Rounds

In 2019-20 Queensland public libraries and IKCs will deliver a range of literacy programs using funding provided through the inaugural F5F Project Grant including a story trail in the Lockyer Valley exploring local animals and habitats, translating nursery rhymes into traditional languages for use in Rhyme Time sessions in Cook Shire Libraries, and a new pop-up library connecting rural communities across Livingstone Shire Council.

First 5 Forever Project Grant 2018-19: Grants awarded to 17 councils

OPAL Program

The Online Public Access in Libraries (OPAL) Program provided annual funding towards a program of work to support online access to information and resources for Queenslanders in or through public libraries. Through the OPAL Program, State Library worked with public libraries to accelerate the transition to digital modes of delivery to make content, services and programs accessible to everyone. This included addressing barriers to access including digital literacy skills.

The intended outcomes of projects delivered through the OPAL Program was enhanced connectivity and access to information, expanded Queensland-specific content, and increased digital literacies for Queenslanders.

Past grant rounds

Tech Savvy Regional Queensland Grant 2018-19: Grants awarded to 15 councils  (PDF 92.8 KB)

Public Library Strategic Priorities Grant 2018: Grants awarded to 18 councils  (PDF 284.8 KB)

Public Library Strategic Priorities Grant 2017: Grants awarded to 15 councils  (PDF 394.9 KB)

Tech Savvy Seniors Queensland 2017: for more information on the program visit the Tech Savvy Seniors Queensland page

VISION 2017 Program

The VISION 2017 Program provided annual funding towards a program of work to support the realization of projects that reflecting all of the themes outlined in The Next Horizon: Vision 2017 for Public Libraries.

Grants made available through this program were designed to position public libraries as places for creative collaboration and learning where ideas can be imagined and new skills acquired through innovative library programs and collections. A wide array of creative projects were delivered across Queensland using grant funds, including a steampunk festival for young people, workshops and spaces to encourage small business start-ups, and sensory and new technology play experiences for all ages and abilities.

Past grant rounds

Coding and Robotics Grants 2016: Grants awarded to 33 councils  (PDF 380.8 KB)

Incubators of Ideas, Learning and Innovation Grant 2015: Grants awarded to 11 councils  (DOC 63.5 KB)

Creative Community Spaces Grant 2013: Grants awarded to 13 councils  (DOC 62.5 KB)

Last updated
30th August 2019