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New funding announced for Welsh heritage

The Welsh Government shows its regard for community institutions through a new round of grants

The grant funding will help preserve rare books. Image by Amelia-Jane, via Flickr.

Welsh Minister for Housing, Regeneration and Heritage, Huw Lewis has announced the 2012-2013 round of grants for libraries, museums and archives. These encompass two grants, the Community Learning Libraries capital grant scheme, and the Museums, Archives and Libraries Innovations and Development revenue scheme.

Both schemes will be administered by CyMAL, the Welsh Government’s Museums, Archives and Libraries division. The aim of the grants is both to modernise public libraries’ facilities and amenities, and to develop heritage institutions’ services and operations.

The final report of the Community Learning Libraries programme of 2010-2011 was very positive, which explains its renewal. Since the programme’s inception in 2007 over 70 libraries have been refurbished.

Applications from individual libraries, archives and museums will be accepted until 23 January 2012.