The Innovation and Development Fund (IDF) was introduced to offer Scottish library services support for creative service development and to encourage experimental approaches to service delivery.

Please note that applications may only be submitted by SLIC members, excluding public library services eligible for Public Library Improvement Fund awards. Non-members and public libraries may, however, participate in joint bids led by an appropriate SLIC member.

In 2016/17, a total fund of £25,000 is available for innovative projects that support SLIC’s four strategic objectives: Advocacy, Standards, Innovation and Partnership.

Applications to the IDF Fund are currently closed.

Tuesday 22nd November 2016 Bids Open
Friday 27th January 2017 Closing Date for applications
February 2017 Board evaluation / discussion
4th week of March 2017 Confirmation sent to successful bids
5th week of March 2017 Acceptance letters to be returned to SLIC
1st week of April 2017 70% of funds transferred
29th September 2017 Interim Reports due
4th November 2017 Project Showcase at SLIC AGM
By second week of Nov 2017 30% of funds transferred
31st March 2018 Projects to be completed
 First Friday in May 2018  Final Report and financial records to SLIC

You can access the list of the successful recipients  for 2015/16 and previous years below.


Listed below you will find awards, resources and reports about the Innovation and Development Fund.

IDF Awards 2005 – Scottish Borders

IDF Scottish Borders

To develop and deliver tutor supported learning opportunities, encourage self help access to learning and generate hard copy support materials to incl …

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IDF Awards 2005 – Falkirk Council

IDF Falkirk

To enhance homebound users access to library service resources via web based catalogue using laptop computers and mobile phone technology. Awarded: GB …

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IDF Awards 2005 – CDLR


To create guidelines for best practice in choosing and using metadata for the management of digital objects in the Scottish Information Environment. A …

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Submit application

Submit your application to the 2016/17 IDF Fund via the website.

IDF application form

Submit interim report

Successful applicants for this fund can submit interim project reports via the website.

IDF interim report form

Submit final report

Successful applicants for this fund can submit final project reports via the website.

IDF final report form