CILIP Cymru Wales - Kathleen Cooks Fund

Kathleen Cooks was librarian of Llandudno from 1947 to 1973 who bequeathed a sum of money for the benefit of libraries and librarians in Wales, and the interest on the bequest is available annually to support projects and developments. Members of CILIP Cymru Wales can apply to the fund.

Applying for funding

The Kathleen Cooks Fund can award money for proposals which meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Result in a new or improved service to users of library and information services in Wales.
  • Add to knowledge in Welsh libraries and information services.
  • Improve professional knowledge among members of CILIP Wales.
  • Assist in the production or purchase of specific items or collections of permanent value to Wales.

The fund is administered by a management committee consisting of the Officers of CILIP Cymru Wales together with two elected members who represent public and academic/special libraries in Wales.

  • Awards are made at the discretion of the management committee and will reflect the quality of the proposal and the money available in the fund. Awards are typically in the region of £500 - £1000, but may on occasion be greater.
  • Proposals may be submitted by Welsh library authorities, by branches and groups of CILIP Cymru/Wales, or by individual members of CILIP Wales. They may be submitted at any time of year.
  • Proposals should consist of a brief description of the work to be undertaken, the amount of financial support sought, and the use to which any money awarded will be put. They should not exceed 1000 words and may be submitted on paper or electronically using the form provided.

Proposals should be sent to: