Future Funding is an Arts Council England funded programme delivered by Libraries Connected to support public libraries to develop the skills, abilities and knowledge necessary to take a proactive approach to diversifying and increasing their income. The aim of the programme is to help library services to actively develop and deliver income generation strategies for their services.
We are now inviting expressions of interest for participation in the Future Funding Training Programme beginning in September 2021. The programme has been designed to support Heads of Library services and Commercial or Business Development Leads who will have the understanding and responsibility for income generation as well as the responsibility for delivery of library services.
The training is being developed with a Pathfinder Group drawn from library services across England to ensure it aligns with library needs and interests. In addition to supporting content development, they will explore the ethical implications and highlight areas of concern so we can create a qualification framework to help assess income generation opportunities. Content will focus on key areas to support development of commercial skills and facilitate library services revitalising their approach to income generation.
There are a total of 36 places available to create three cohorts. The programme, delivered entirely online, between September 2021 – April 2022, will consist of:
- Eight workshops of approximately 3.5 hours each
- Eight mentoring sessions, up to 1.25 hours each
- Preparation and follow-on activities.
The time commitment is a maximum of 3 full days per month (including the above). Participants will receive a workbook and supporting resources.
Please note that it is essential you are able to commit the required time, attend all workshops and mentoring sessions and complete all activities.
Cost: £2,000 (Note that thanks to generous funding from Arts Council England, participants from library services in England can join free of charge)
To register your interest, please complete this short registration form by 30 June 2021. If you have any questions, please contact email@example.com