Applying for Grants
We help you to add to your collection and to acquire books, manuscripts and archives that you would not otherwise have the resources to purchase.
We 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 or suchlike interest, and to assist institutions that are eligible for our support in any other way which the Trustees consider appropriate.
Our two main criteria when awarding grants are the historical, literary and other qualities of the proposed acquisition and its significance to your collection. We also take into account price, condition and provenance.
We usually contribute part of the cost of an acquisition, with the remainder coming from your own or other sources. We can also respond to applications where no other money is available, so long as you have thoroughly explored all other possible sources of support. Our 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. Do remember that receiving a grant from the FNL often helps unlock other sources of funding.
Applying for a grant is easy, you just need to write a letter of application and send it to the Honorary Secretary. 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 section of this website.
If you think that the Friends can help you to meet the cost of your acquisition, please get in touch - we will do our best to help.