The Foyle Foundation has re-opened its Schools Library Programme.
State-funded schools and sixth form colleges across the UK that do not have or want to improve their libraries will be able to apply for funding of between £1,000 and £10,000. Priority is likely to be given to primary schools and to funding library books.
The Foundation do not consider applications to the Foyle School Library Scheme from nursery / early years only establishments.
Priority, and the majority of given funds, will continue to be awarded for physical library/reading books. In light of the current situation the Foundation will be more flexible when considering requests for e-readers and electronic reading resources, however a strong case for support and explanation of need will have to be made within the application.
The Foundation will also consider contributions towards library software, necessary IT equipment and furniture etc. in order to create a suitable library space, although ideally the majority of funding should be requested for books/reading materials.
Preference will be given to schools which can clearly demonstrate that their library can be maintained and renewed in the future. Local deprivation levels, the Ofsted report and current literacy levels at the school will be taken into account when assessing applications.