This week SLIC's Funding & Events Manager Lorna Watt talks about our recent PLIF application deadline and gives some handy tips on funding.


The closing date for this year's Public Library Improvement Awards, funded by the Scottish Government, has just passed and I’m now starting to see a clear desk again!

Over the past few days I have been merrily printing the bids out in multiple copies. Things did not get off to a promising start when the printer decided to throw a hissy fit but thankfully it was just a temporary one and we’re fortunate to have not one, but two printers in the office.

The PLIF Process

The 31 bids have now all been checked, double-checked, logged, collated, zipped and sent off to our Funding Sub-group. When the group meets next Friday, every application will be deliberated and scored before recommended projects are given final approval by the SLIC board on the 21st of June.

As always there was a myriad of great ideas and some very clever project titles. My personal favourite is a reading project in a swimming pool (yes, a swimming pool!) entitled: ‘Reading Between The Lanes’. Genius!  

Thinking Ahead

Although PLIF 2017 has now closed it’s never too early to start thinking about next year's bid. SLIC is very keen to see collaborative bids between library services as well as those involving external organisations.

It’s a good idea to think about the types of organisation you could work with to deliver your project more effectively. For instance, are there any charities or organisations working in your community which would be a good match? But as with any relationship choose your partners carefully. Look for partners which not only bring skills and experience, but have strong networks and a track record of delivering projects.

It’s also useful if they've experienced previous success with a range of funders. Many funding organisations now increasingly expect to see collaborative bids and these days no one can afford to work in isolation. Strong partnerships have the power to help make a project sustainable too.

SLIC's Innovation & Development Fund

It’s worth noting that in addition to PLIF, SLIC administers the Innovation and Development Fund.  This fund is open to our non-public library members and usually opens in the autumn. Keep your eye on our website and social media accounts for news regarding the 2017/18 fund.  

I know a lot of blood, sweat and occasionally tears go into these applications, so good luck to all of you who applied!


P.S I'm always interested to see at the bottom of some people's emails the books they are currently reading.  So here is my list:

Porcelain: A Memoir by Moby. This is very, very funny read from one of the pioneers of electronica.

Inside Vogue: My Diary of Vogue's 100th Year by Alexandra Shulman. Alexandra has been the Editor of Vogue magazine for an astonishing 25 years. She writes in a very forthright and candid manner and gives a fascinating insight into her job. Here I am meeting the woman herself and getting my copy of her book signed at the recent Boswell Book Festival.