From time to time the Foundation will embark upon strategic initiatives where, following research, the Foundation will fund a programme of activities or a special scheme or project to address specific concerns and which will achieve higher overall impact than single grants would have made. Examples include the following:
National Cataloguing Grants Scheme for Archives
The Foyle Foundation has awarded £750,000 (since 2008) towards the National Cataloguing Scheme for Archives, administered by the National Archives to which all applications should be submitted. During the first five years (2008 to 2013) the scheme awarded 53 grants totalling £1.5M to organisations throughout the UK to tackle the backlog in cataloguing nationwide. The funding partnership is led by principal funders The Pilgrim Trust, The Foyle Foundation and The Wolfson Foundation and supported by The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, The Mercers Charitable Foundation and the Goldsmiths Company.
Foyle Science Scholarships Scheme
In February 2008 The Foyle Foundation awarded £500,000 (payable over five years) towards the Foyle Science Scholarships at Imperial College, a continuation of the three year INSPIRE pilot which brings post-doctoral research scientists and PhD graduates upon completion of their research degree together with schools to expose young people to first-hand science research and to encourage PhD graduates to become teachers thus both improving science teaching and overcoming the shortage of dedicated science teachers.
The programme will offer a specially designed 9 month PGCE incorporating 2 months of integrated INSPIRE activities, which will include: master classes; science clubs; university-level training for post 16 students; careers advice; science conferences; and student visits to university research laboratories. Imperial College estimates that 30,000 pupils, together with staff in the selected schools/FE colleges, will experience the scheme and benefit during the 5 year period.