Primary and Secondary schools that do not have a library or want to improve their libraries can apply for grants of between £2,000 and £10,000. Priority is given to primary schools and the majority of funds will continue to be awarded for physical library/reading books but a contribution towards e-readers and electronic reading resources is possible.
Priority is given to primary schools up to Key Stage 2, but secondary schools that need books and reading resources for catch-up reading programs for Key Stage 3 pupils and/or transition reading programmes for feeder/local primary schools will also be considered. The foundation can also consider applications from special schools for all SEN age groups.
Most of the funds will be awarded for physical library/reading books, but the foundation may also consider contributions towards e-readers and electronic reading resources with a strong case and explanation of need.
Contributions towards library software, necessary IT equipment, and furniture are also possible.
Applications must come directly from the school and cannot be submitted by PTAs.
The local deprivation levels, the Ofsted report, and the current literacy levels at the school will be taken into account when assessing applications. Applications can be submitted at any time, but it may take up to four months to receive a decision.
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