We’ve recently had requests from schools who want help with funding libraries, which made us think of the Foyle Foundation and their excellent scheme for these kinds of projects. The programme gives £1,000- £10,000 to state primary and secondary schools to fund libraries and reading books. They are very keen to promote reading in schools and to encourage children to read widely from an early age to improve literacy levels, which is a current key educational objective.
Most schools can apply, but like many funders, the Foyle Foundation has preferences in regards to who they fund, such as:
- Schools that can clearly demonstrate that their library will be maintained and renewed after the funding
- Schools that are working in partnership with other local primary/secondary schools to improve reading standards
The Foundation will consider contributions towards library software, necessary IT equipment and furniture but they should only represent a small portion of the requested funds. They will NOT provide funding for curriculum and text books, as the programme mainly focuses on extra-curricular reading and learning.
In order to apply, there’s a list of what you’ll need to provide which can be found on the website. Once completed, you can submit the application simply by post, with the address and further information found here.