Call for Proposals: Green Libraries – Renewing the Future

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Green Libraries : Renewing the Future

Green Libraries is a multi-part, hybrid format geared to promote sustainable, local library initiatives. We invite Libraries and Librarians in South Africa who want to explore what ‘sustainability’ means to them. We are looking for projects that explore how they can develop strategies and tools to promote sustainability in their work and organization, and in their contact with and impact on their communities, to apply to take part in the Green Libraries project.

Green Libraries : Call for Project Proposals

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Goethe-Institut South Africa and French Institute of South Africa (IFAS) announce an open call for project proposals on the topic of “Green Libraries” focusing on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We are looking for innovative and practical projects that can encourage libraries to become more sustainable and contribute to achieving the SDGs.

The SDGs are a universal call to action to protect the planet, and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. There are 17 SDGs, which include no poverty, zero hunger, good health and well-being,
quality education, gender equality, clean water and sanitation, affordable and clean energy, decent work and economic growth, industry, innovation and infrastructure, reduced inequalities, sustainable cities and communities, responsible consumption and production, climate action, life below water, life on land, peace, justice and strong institutions, and partnerships for the goals:

We are particularly interested in projects that address one or more of the following areas:

  • Sustainable programming and outreach initiatives that promote awareness and action on the SDGs
  • Collaborative partnerships and community engagement initiatives that advance the SDGs.
  • Create awareness of libraries’ social responsibility and leadership in environmental education

We welcome project submissions from libraries of all types and sizes, that are interested in advancing sustainable development through libraries. We encourage projects that are scalable, replicable, and have the potential for impact beyond the library community.

Selected projects will receive a seed funding / grant of up to 38 000 ZAR per project that will be realized between June and October 2023.

Selected projects will be invited to the Green Library Lab, which will take place in Johannesburg from 12 to 14 June. Travel costs and accommodation will be covered.


About Goethe-Institut

As the Federal Republic of Germany’s internationally active cultural institute, the Goethe-Institut promotes access to the German language, encourages international cultural cooperation and provides up-to-date information about Germany. With 157 institutes in 98 countries, as well as cooperative arrangements with partner establishments, the Goethe-Institut global network offers 1100 points of contact around the world.

About the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS)

Attached to the Embassy of France in South Africa, Lesotho and Malawi, the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS) strives to strengthen the bond between France and South Africa by supporting innovative cultural, scientific, audio visual, academic, educative and linguistic initiatives.

Throughout the year, the Institute supports artistic, cultural and festival events all over the country and offers a platform for cooperation in the areas mentioned above. Another objective is encouraging cultural diversity and exchanges between South Africa, France and the rest of the African continent.

About the Fund

The Franco-German Cultural Fund was set up in 2003 to mark the 40th anniversary of the Élysée Treaty of friendship between France and West Germany. The fund promotes Franco-German cooperation by providing support for cultural and artistic projects in third countries. The German Foreign Office administers the fund in concert with the Goethe-Institut and Institut français.


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