School Library Home Languages Funding Scheme

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Attention School Libraries!

Post-Primary Languages Ireland (PPLI) is launching a School Library Home Languages Funding Scheme available to all post-primary schools.
If you have students in your school whose home language is not English or Irish, we offer funding to your school library to purchase books and other resources in languages used in your school.

What is School Library Home Languages Funding Scheme

  • The school acquires the books and resources independently and the funding is provided by reimbursement upon provision of receipts
  • The maximum funding granted per school is €500. This can be increased if the school student profile would benefit from more resources
  • The Leaving Certificate curricular languages in 2020 will include Polish, Lithuanian, Portuguese and Mandarin Chinese – it is possible you might have students who will sit these exams? The Leaving Cert curricular subjects currently include Russian and Arabic along with French, German, Spanish, Italian and Japanese. Or perhaps you have students sitting the non-curricular Leaving Certificate exam (i.e. any EU language)? The school library can provide material to help students to develop their home languages and support their studies
  • Students may also opt for dual language books, easy readers, magazines, comics, reference books, maps, traditional or digital games etc. Any resource to assist with activities involving a language
  • Some links and ideas are provided to assist schools to source books and resources

How to apply

Apply for funding by filling in a simple form. Once funding has been approved, purchase the books and other materials before 30th November 2019 for reimbursement.

For any queries and simple guidelines, contact Kirsi Hanifin at or 087-6258043.

A flyer is also available here.

Languages Connect is an awareness raising campaign delivered by Post-Primary Languages Ireland (PPLI).
The School Library Home Languages Scheme is administered under Languages Connect : Ireland’s Foreign Languages Strategy 2017-2027 Action 2.E.4 of the Strategy ‘Schools and libraries should have books, digital resources etc. available in a variety of relevant home languages’.