You may remember that, as part of the NZLPP, our organisation was invited to submit a proposal for a strategic partnership grant. The non-contestable grants are an opportunity to build on the work already delivered by the NZLPP and broaden it to support to the wider library sector in a strategic way that contributes to its sustainability.
We were encouraged to partner with others, including those outside the library sector, for effective delivery of proposals where it makes sense to do so. The proposal we submitted had to demonstrate alignment to the programme’s objectives.
The proposals were reviewed by members of the Library and Information Advisory Commission (LIAC). LIAC are established under the National Library’s legislation to provide advice to the Minister of Internal Affairs on library and information issues, including mātauranga Māori.
Eleven Strategic Partnership Grants have been awarded, totaling just over $5 million. Sector organisations were encouraged to partner with others and seven of the successful projects are collaborations.
LIANZA and SLANZA are partnering to deliver the largest grant of $1,500,000 to provide a qualifications uplift across the library and information sector. LIANZA also received a grant to support the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults – Books Alive events and virtual storytimes in 2021 and 2022.
LIANZA Executive Director, Ana Pickering was delighted to attend a gathering on July 6 with other representatives from other sector organisations, Te Puna Foundation and staff from National Library of New Zealand. The Hon Jan Tinetti, Minister of Internal Affairs shared her enthusiasm for libraries, her vision for a future where libraries provide stronger community connections and congratulated all recipient organisations.
To learn more about who received the strategic grants and the work NZLPP has been doing throughout the year view their presentation.