The Ontario Libraries Capacity Fund (OLCF) is a $10 million investment over three years that recognizes the key role public libraries play in building strong, vibrant communities across the province.
The OLCF Research and Innovation (OLCF R&I) supports new, replicable research and innovative projects that will have the potential for a positive impact on Ontario’s public libraries.
Projects are eligible for one or two years of funding beginning no sooner than the date of funding approval and ending on or before March 31, 2017 for one-year projects and March 31, 2018 for two-year projects.
A maximum of $100,000 is available per year; $200,000 over two years.
The program’s priorities are to:
1. Measure and evaluate the impact of public libraries on their communities and the wellbeing of Ontarians.
2. Strengthen and enhance the role of public libraries as community hubs that are focused on creating cultural, educational, social and economic opportunities.
3. Encourage the development of new ways to engage with and meet the changing needs of all Ontarians.
4. Develop new strategies and processes for identifying and preparing leadership candidates for success in senior management roles within the Ontario public library sector.