Funding guidelines

Funding guidelines

The process


We offer grant funding for books and DVDs on the Christian faith for placing anywhere they can be borrowed and enjoyed. Anyone can apply, whether you’re a public library, school, prison, hospice or church. You could be an individual or a group who want to make a gift of the books to a library in your community.  


Currently, we will consider grants of up to £1,000 per library.  Please use this as a limit not a target. We have many applications and the more reasonable your request is, the more likely you will succeed. Read our selection criteria below to understand how we prioritise grant funding.


The trustees meet twice a year to decide which applications will receive grant funding. These dates are shown on the home page. There will be an opportunity of approximately two months before those meetings to make your application.


Once your application has been successful, please buy your books and DVDs, wherever possible, from your nearest Christian bookshop. They can supply all of the items on our list and if necessary, can arrange delivery to your door. 


Your chosen books and DVDs are not always available so please understand that you may be asked by the bookshop to suggest some alternatives from our website.


You do not need to pay any money - the bookshop will send the invoice to us directly to pay.


After the books are placed in a library we require a picture of your borrowers using the books or a letter to acknowledge that the books are being used.  We also require you to respond to a survey that will be sent somewhere between 6 months to a year later.   


The Conditions


  1. Books and DVDs must not be re-sold or used as gifts to individuals. They must be placed where they can be borrowed and enjoyed by a wide readership.
  2. Your chosen library must agree to receive the books and DVDs before you submit your application.
  3. You may apply for more than one library at a time.
  4.  We consider grants up to £1000 however, this is rarely achieved due to the demand for grants.  In exceptional cases we will consider funding above £1,000 per library - please contact us for further details. 
  5. Please be realistic about how many books your chosen library can accommodate and use. For example, we would not expect a playgroup of 30 children to request £1,000 funding.  This will help avoid disappointment. See our selection criteria for further guidance.
  6. We regret that we can only consider grants for libraries abroad if you can arrange the shipping. We recommend books are included in hand luggage or baggage allowance of an individual visiting you from the UK.
  7. Incomplete applications cannot be considered. If we need to contact you to clarify anything, this may delay your application.
  8. You must provide proof that your books have been placed in a library as soon as they are in place.  A picture of them being used or a letter of acknowledgement would be suitable.  These may be used in publicity so please let us know if we have permission to do so.
  9. Even if you meet all the conditions for applying for a grant, there is no guarantee your grant will be approved.  Please do not buy books and DVDs before we let you know whether or not your application has been successful.
  10. The decision of the board of trustees is final.
  11. If you received information about the Speaking Volumes grant from a local Christian bookshop please buy your books and DVDs through that bookshop.
  12. We ask you to nominate a bookshop that you will buy your books from.  Please ensure that if you found out about the grant through a bookshop that you nominate that shop.  They benefit from your purchase.  
  13. We understand that the books and DVDs you finally select may not match your original selection exactly. If, for example titles are out of stock at your selected vendor, please feel free to replace them with an alternative title from our book and DVD list. 
  14. If you are unsuccessful in your application you may apply for the next round.
  15. If you have been successful in your application please do not re-apply for a grant within three years, unless you are applying for different libraries or from somewhere where the turnover of books is rapid.


Our selection Criteria


Our intention is to provide funding for every application to some degree depending on funds available but this is not always possible. 


Where the total grants applied for exceeds fund available, priority will be given as follows:


First priority: (last round of application we were able to offer around £600 per library)

Public and prison libraries, refuges, hostels, care homes and other libraries where there is great need.


Second priority: (last round we were able to offer £250 per library)

All schools including playgroups and nurserys. 

Repeat applications where book turnover is high such as prisons and women's refuges


Third priority: (last round we were not able to offer anything for this category, however do still consider applying as we have done at other times)

Libraries in churches

Toddler groups

Placements abroad