Training and Events

Opportunities and training with a small coloured logo in the title, are those that have been organised, funded and facilitated by the South East Museum Development Programme.

The Friends of The National Libraries: Grants for acquisition of books, manuscripts, archives and collections

The Friends of the National Libraries (FNL) helps libraries, museums and record offices acquire books, manuscripts and archives. The FNL offer significant financial help to national libraries, university libraries, county record offices museums and art galleries to help them acquire printed books, manuscripts, records and archives of historical, literary, artistic, architectural, musical, photographic interest.

The two main criteria when awarding grants are the historical, literary and other qualities of the proposed acquisition and its significance to your collection. They also take into account price, condition and provenance.

The FNL usually contribute part of the cost of an acquisition, with the remainder coming from your own or other sources. The FNL can also respond to applications where no other money is available, so long as you have thoroughly explored all other possible sources of support. The funding ranges from a few hundred pounds to tens of thousands of pounds, and we may be willing to meet the total cost of your acquisition. Receiving a grant from the FNL often helps unlock other sources of funding.

There is no deadline, and applying for a grant is easy; you just need to write a letter of application and send it to the Honorary Secretary at  For details of the application process, terms and conditions of grant as well as what to include in your letter of application see the FAQ page of the FNL’s website.

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