DEVON County Council (DCC) are inviting community organisations and town and parish councils in rural areas to apply for a grant to help provide access to books and reading.

Grants of up to £300 are available through The Community Support Library Fund and aims to help local groups set up a reading space alongside existing community activities or services.

Applications are welcome from town and parish councils, charities, voluntary community groups and church\faith groups that have an open and accessible space for readers to enjoy. 

Grant applications from schools are also accepted where the reading facilities can be used by other groups, such as parents or by a pre-school.

The funding can be used to enhance an existing space for things like bookshelves, comfy seats, better lighting or books.

For more information about the fund, which closes on March 31, click here.