The Public Library Innovation Program has been awarded a three-year $1.4 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to spark the development of innovative public library services using technology in transitioning and developing countries.

The Public Library Innovation Program encourages public libraries to reach out to their communities, partnering with local government, business and other organizations to assess local needs and develop new services Technology has transformed public libraries throughout the world, providing access to critical education materials and communication services.

Round 1: 10 grants of up to $30,000 USD
Call for proposals:  Now open
Deadline: February 28, 2010
Grants awarded: April 2010

The first round of grants will be open to applicants from the following countries where either has a presence or the foundation's Global Libraries initiative supports projects:

Albania, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Cameroon, Chile, People's Republic of China, Colombia, Egypt, Estonia, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Jordan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lesotho, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malawi, Mali, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Mozambique, Nepal, Nigeria, Palestine (West Bank and Gaza), Poland, Guatemala, Romania, Russia, Senegal, Serbia, Slovenia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The second call for proposals and the Innovation Awards will be open to all developing and transitioning countries in spring of 2011.

For further information contact:
Rima Kupryte, Director
Breda Karun, PLIP Program Manager
Piazza Mastai 9
00153 Rome, Italy
Telephone: +39 06 5807217
Fax: +39 06 5807246
Program website :