The Foyle Foundation has announced that in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, it has made changes to its Schools Library Programme.
Through the Schools Library Programme state-funded schools and sixth form colleges across the UK that do not have or want to improve their libraries are able to apply for funding of between £1,000 and £10,000. Although secondary schools are eligible to apply, priority is given to primary schools and the majority of funds will continue to be awarded for physical library/reading books.
In light of the current situation the Foundation will, however, 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.
Local deprivation levels, the Ofsted report and current literacy levels at the school will be taken into account when assessing applications.
Applications can be submitted at any time, although it can take up to four months to receive a decision.