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The Foyle Schools Library Scheme

Foyle School Library Scheme Guidelines


Who Can Apply


The Foyle School Library Scheme accepts applications from state funded schools in the United Kingdom.    The scheme recognises that there is no statutory requirement for schools to have a library and that many school libraries are in a poor state through underfunding and underdevelopment.  Encouraging children to read widely from an early age will provide a major boost to improving literacy levels, which is a key educational objective. 

Priority is given to primary schools.  We do not consider applications to the Foyle School Library Scheme from nursery/early years only establishments.


Secondary schools and sixth form colleges are eligible, but primary schools are a higher priority.  Given that secondary schools are usually larger than primary schools with more resources, we would recommend submitting a more targeted application (please contact the Grants Team if you would like further advice).


Newly set up schools with little track record or detail of literacy needs are less of a priority and we advise waiting until you have this information before applying. 


How Much Can You Apply For


Schools can apply for between £1,000 and £10,000.

What We Fund

Priority, and the majority of given funds, will be awarded for library/reading books.  Some funding towards e-readers can be considered if a justifiable need is explained within the application.  We will not fund textbooks or curriculum books, nor will we fund classroom dictionaries and thesauruses (your request may include just a couple of dictionaries/thesauruses for the library to support reading skills). 


The Foundation will also consider contributions towards library software, necessary IT equipment and furniture etc. in order to create a suitable library space, although these should be a minority of the funds requested - the majority of funding should be requested for books/reading materials.  We do not generally fund salaries or training costs.  Structural building costs will not usually be considered.


For other school projects, please refer to the Guidelines for the Main Grants Scheme and contact the Grants Team if necessary to discuss further.


Factors Which Will Strengthen Applications


Preference will be given to schools which can clearly demonstrate that their library can be maintained and renewed in the future.  We will also take into account local deprivation levels, the Ofsted report and current literacy levels at the school when assessing applications.  We are keen to support schools that are working in partnership with other local primary/secondary schools to improve reading standards. 


It is important to demonstrate how you will maintain the library in the longer term.  Please note that any grant awarded should be spent within six months of being awarded and copies of purchase receipts will be required.  If a grant is awarded it can only be used for purchases after the award date - the Foundation does not award retrospective funding. 


When Can You Apply


If an application is declined, the school is eligible to reapply 12 months after the previous request date. 


If an application is approved, the school is ineligible to apply to the Foundation for three years after the approval date due to intense competition for limited funds.  If the school has experienced significant change, on occasion we may consider a reapplication before three years, but this should be discussed with the Foundation Grants Team prior to submission.


Other Information


Please note that we purposely do not have a word limit to allow applicants the space to give us the information necessary to explain the project and the need for funding, but please keep answers relevant, clear and somewhat succinct.  


Further information regarding the scheme, attachments and the application from can be found on the Frequently Asked Questions.


How To Apply

Applications need to be submitted online.


Information/Documents you will need:


  • Email address


  • Latest Ofsted report (or equivalent)


  • Latest Ofsted interim monitoring letter (if applicable)


  • Latest school budget (treated confidentially)


  • Latest PTA/fundraising arm accounts (if they do not have official accounts, an income and expenditure table and current level of reserves will need to be provided.  A bank statement alone will not be sufficient)



  • Latest school population statistics (e.g. FSM, PP, EAL)


  • Latest assessment results (especially in relation to reading and literacy)


  • Permission of the Headteacher to submit the request on behalf of the school


Notes on Attachments


Please ensure all attachments are titled clearly, ideally in the following format:


'Your School Name – The Document Type – The Year/Time Period Document Relates to'.


The maximum size for all attachments combined is 25 Mb.  Please note that files with certain extensions (such as "exe", "com", "vbs" or "bat") cannot be uploaded.


After browsing and selecting a file, make sure you click on upload.




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Further Information/Help


Creating an Account & Starting a New Application


You will need to create an account using your email address as part of the application process.  Once an account is created, you will receive email confirmation of this within a few minutes.  If this is not received please contact the Grants Team before proceeding.


You will be able to save an application you are working on and return to it later via your account.  A copy of the application questions can be emailed to yourself or others after you begin to complete the form.


  1. Click on the following link to create or access your account.  From here you can access in progress applications and view previously submitted applications.


  1. Click on the following link to create a new Foyle School Library Scheme application.  


Note that applications you are working on will timeout after 60 minutes.  The timer is reset either when you save or navigate between pages.  Typing alone will not reset the timer.


Many applicants choose to type their answers onto a Microsoft Word document and then copy and paste onto the online form once ready to submit their application.



Further information regarding the scheme, attachments and the application from can be found on the Frequently Asked Questions.


Personal Information


The Foyle Foundation is committed to protecting all personal information you provide to us. We will only use contact information you provide for administration, evaluation and research purposes to facilitate our grant making and to further our charitable activities. Personal contact information will not be made public in anyway.  Please also see our Privacy Notice.


The link below is to an article by Toni Slee at Farnborough Academy, recipient of a Foyle School Library grant in 2013.  This was initially published in the September 2014 issue of CILIP update and is now posted on the CILIP website as a blog.