Libraries Commission – How to apply

You will need to provide us with information on:

  • The name of the project, artist(s) and producer and/or partners (if relevant) attached to the project
  • A description of the project and its suitability for the proposed theme
  • A budget breakdown showing clearly how you will spend the money
  • Brief biographies or CVs for lead artist(s) and producer(s) involved
  • Peer endorsement and supporting material in the form of images, video, audio or documents

The specific questions and the application form are here: Application Form.

We would also ask that you complete our Equal Opportunities Monitoring form. This information is anonymous and will not be seen by the selection panel. The form is here.

You will also need to provide us with a project budget. A suggested budget template is here. Please note this is a zip file so you'll need to click to unzip it once you have downloaded it.

You do not have to use the template, but whatever you do submit must include

  • detailed information on all expenditure – including production, presentation, project management, support required (e.g. mentoring) and access for the artistic team and/or for audiences.
  • all potential income sources, including information on partnership funding, in-kind support, grants from other organisations, and fees for the presentation of the work. Please indicate whether the income is confirmed or an estimate.

It is ok if you have no other income sources – for these commissions there is no match funding requirement

There are a number of ways you can apply.

Fill in the Libraries Commission application form and return it with your supporting information and budget by email to

Unfortunately due to the pandemic our offices are closed so we cannot accept postal submissions

We are also accepting proposals in video / audio format and BSL – please send a film / audio file no longer than 10 minutes to or send us a link to download the file to the same address.

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