The Innovation and Development Fund (IDF) 2021 is now open with £30,000 of funding available.

The Fund supports pioneering library projects throughout Scotland which link to SLIC's strategic objectives. Introduced in 2005, it is aimed at those who do not benefit from the Public Library Improvement Fund (PLIF) or the School Library Improvement Fund (SLIF).

If you are a SLIC member and would like to apply for IDF funding you can either fill in the online form or download the application form and send it to us at The deadline for 2021 applications is 12 noon on Friday 5th of February.

IDF funding is ideal for projects and activities which encourage creative service delivery and development, including the creation of new resources, research and staff training. Previous IDF Awards have included the creation of pop-up maker spaces, new library collections and health & wellbeing projects to name but a few. The successful bids showcase the rich variety of pioneering library projects happening in libraries throughout Scotland.


IDF Timeline 2021
Monday 16th November 2020 Applications open
Friday 5th February 2021 Applications close
W/B 22nd February Funding Panel meeting
Friday 5th March 2021 Confirmation sent to successful applicants
Friday 12th March 2021 Acceptance letters to be returned to SLIC
Monday 22nd March 2021 100% of funds transferred to successful applicants
Friday 24th September 2021 Interim Reports due
Friday 29th April 2022 Final Report & financial records to SLIC