Could you start a Maker Library?

British Council Connect ZA is currently looking to setup a flagship Maker Library in Gauteng. We are now calling on Gauteng-based creative entrepreneurs who have a strong track record in making and innovation, to apply for a programme grant which will be used to support the setup of a new Maker Library in the province. The current callout is for Maker Library projects that will run for a year from February 2016 – December 2016 and should be based in Johannesburg.

To apply

Maker Librarians should fill in the form below, which requires detailed descriptions of:

  • Exciting activities you would like to initiate or participate in as a Maker Librarian.
  • Plans or ideas for activity during this current financial period and how these meet the objectives.
  • Programme costs and how the proposed funding amount will be allocated and how you might activate additional resources (besides the grant) to fulfil the objectives.  


Expressions of interests are to meet the following objectives:

  • Develop unique and compelling content, and ensure that gatherings are experiential and innovative in delivery and approach for an audience curious on making.
     - Utilise digital tools to communicate conversations to a wider audience and across MLN.
     - Collaborate with other makers, maker spaces and Maker Library Networks through guest making, skills sharing or ideas exchange.
  • Highlight the opportunities and importance of the creative entrepreneur, and what is available and possible for young people.
  • Target audience for all projects is 18 -35 year olds.
  • Foster collaboration across creative sectors and across industries locally, on the continent and globally.
  • To bring UK and African expertise to be part of this project (physically or digitally).
  • Promote female innovation and entrepreneurship.
      - Support collaboration, share resources and skills, exchange ideas with other libraries and librarians in the network.

The successful applicant will be equipped with a basic Maker Library startup kit, including wood pieces to assemble MLN’s signature furniture for a MakeSpace, Gallery and Library; and supported through British Council CZA’s marketing and communication channels.