A new round of the School Library Improvement Fund opens today, offering Scottish schools and nurseries a share of £170,000 for creative school library projects.

The fund supports innovative projects within the school library sector and is administered by the Scottish Library and Information Council on behalf of the Scottish Government. It is available to all state run primary and secondary schools in Scotland as well as nurseries.  

SLIF was introduced in 2017 and has already had an enormous impact on school library services, funding a host of pioneering projects such as a Teenage Sensory Reading Programme in the Highlands, promoting Mental Wellbeing in Moray and creating a Multilingual Storytelling Festival in Falkirk.  

The fund also helps school library services achieve the key aims of Vibrant Libraries, Thriving Schools: A National Strategy for School Libraries in Scotland 2018 – 2023.

How to Apply

SLIC accepts up to two individual school/nursery applications per authority. This gives each authority an equal opportunity to be considered for funding. We also accept an unlimited number of collaborative bids – this is where an application is made by either two or more schools within separate local authorities and/or external partners. There is no maximum or minimum amount for bids but all SLIF projects must be completed within 12 months.

You can download the SLIF Application Form as well as the SLIF Guidance Form which takes you through the application process step by step. It is important to remember that every application MUST come through the Key Contact for your area as SLIC does not accept any applications which come directly from schools or nurseries.

Pamela Tulloch, chief executive at SLIC, said: “School libraries have embraced the opportunity to develop new ways of engaging pupils and the wider school community in the school library, enhancing the learning experience and attainment levels. 

“School libraries have a vital role to play in the education journey of pupils. Research shows a well-run school library can impact positively on attainment and attitudes to learning. School libraries have enjoyed increased support since the introduction of the national school library strategy and we hope this continues to deliver long-lasting and sustainable benefits.”

You can visit our School Library Improvement Fund page for more information on the role of the Key Contact and how to apply. Our School Library Improvement Fund FAQ page is also very helpful. Applications to the fund close on Monday 3rd February 2020 with successful offer letters being sent to applicants on Monday 24th February.