Access Options
Edward Heneage School - towards KS1 lending library and study support areaKenton Bar Primary School - towards the development of library facilities to support out of school hours learningNorton Primary School - to create a new library for the pupils

State Schools and The Foyle Schools Library Programme

The Foyle Schools Library Programme

The majority of our funding for schools will now be directed to our flagship scheme The Foyle Schools Library Programme, which gives priority to primary schools. This programme recognises that there is no statutory requirement for schools to have a library and that many school libraries are in a desperate situation 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 current key educational objective.

Priority will be given to funding library/reading books. Some funding towards e-readers can be considered if a justifiable need is presented.  We will not fund textbooks or curriculum books. 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 for books/reading materials. We do not generally fund salaries or training costs. 

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. 

Newly set up schools with little track record or detail of literacy needs are less of a priority.

Applications will be strengthened if the PTA/Friends group can support the project.  Please explain if this is not possible.

Please note that any grant awarded should be spent down within 6 months of being received and copies of purchase receipts will be required.

Other Projects

State funded secondary and primary schools can apply for other projects with direct educational benefit but must demonstrate why their project cannot be funded from statutory or other funding. Dedicated schools catering for those with Special Educational Needs (SEN) may also be supported.

Major school building projects, community or sports projects are unlikely to be supported. Independent schools will not generally be supported.

Please note that the majority of grants to schools range from £3K to £10K.

How To Apply

All applications from schools must include the following:

1. A completed State Schools Application Form (available to download from the How to Apply page)
2. A project budget
4. A summary of the latest OFSTED or Inspectorate report
5. The latest school budget (income/expenditure account), explaining any carry forward or deficit (Scottish schools should provide a copy of their devolved budget for staff development and sundries)
6. Annual accounts for the PTA, or Friends

If you would like any further information on the Foyle School Library Scheme please contact the Grants Team on 020 7430 9119 or by email ( 

Please send your application to

The Foyle Foundation,
2 Rugby Street,

At present, the Foundation does not accept applications electronically.

Applications are acknowledged by email or by post within two weeks of receipt. If you do not receive this acknowledgement, please contact The Foundation to confirm safe receipt of your request.

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.