The program is designed to encourage public libraries to partner with local government, business and other organizations to assess local needs and develop new services.
The program will have three phases. Ten grants of up to $30,000 USD will be awarded in Round 1 to support one-year innovation projects. In Round 2, 10 grants of up to $15,000 USD will be awarded for replication of successful grant projects in Round 1. In Round 3, 15 Innovation Awards of $1,000 USD will be presented to recognize outstanding achivement. All the outcomes will be widely disseminated in key publications and conferences throughout the world.