Funding guidelines

Funding guidelines

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. Read our selection criteria to understand how we prioritise grant funding.


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 (including the extras) and if necessary, can arrange delivery to your door. 


Afterwards, you'll need to upload your receipts so that we can reimburse you and tell us how the books and DVDs are being used.  Many bookshops will be happy to send your invoice direct to us for payment.


There's a few more things you should know:


  1. Books and DVDs must be placed where they can be borrowed and enjoyed by a wide readership: they are not for re-sale or for gifts to individuals.

  2. Your chosen library agree to receive the books and DVDs before you submit your application.

  3. We can only consider applications for ten items or more. There is no upper limit on the number of books we will help fund, but please be realistic about what your chosen library can accommodate.

  4. You may apply for more than one library at a time and you can spend up to £1,000 on each library. In exceptional cases we will consider funding above £1,000 per library - please contact us for further details.

  5. We will consider grants for libraries abroad if you can arrange the shipping.

  6. Incomplete applications cannot be considered. If we need to contact you to clarify anything, this may delay your application.

  7. You must give us proof of purchase and proof that your books have been placed in a library within six months of your application being approved.

  8. 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.

  9. The decision of the board of trustees is final.

  10. If you received information about the Speaking Volumes grant from a local Christian bookshop please buy your books and DVDs through the bookshop.

  11. 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. 


Selection Criteria


The trustees meet four times a year to decide which applications will receive grant funding. Typically: February, May, August and November.


The aim is to provide funding for every application to some degree depending on funds available.


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


1)  Public and prison libraries - currently being awarded around £800 to £1,000

2)  Unique libraries where few placements are made eg. homeless hostels, care homes etc. - awarded on a case by case basis.

3)  Schools - awarded typically £300

4)  Placements abroad - awarded on a case by case basis.

5)  Repeat applications where book turnover is high such as prisons and women's refuges - awarded on a case by case basis.

6)  Libraries in churches - currently being awarded around £200 to £300.

7)  Repeat applications under two years old - on a case by case basis


Please aim to be reasonable.  For example, we would not expect a playgroup of 30 children to request £1,000 funding.


How to apply for funding