The Innovation and Development Fund (IDF) supports pioneering library projects throughout Scotland. 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).

The long-standing scheme funds innovative projects which support SLIC's strategic objectives, namely: Advocacy, Standards, Innovation and Partnerships.

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.

Applications for IDF 2020 Now Open

We are now accepting Innovation and Development Fund applications for 2020. 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 applications@scottishlibraries.org

Please take a look at the IDF timeline below for further details.

IDF Timeline 2020
Monday 11th November 2019 Applications Open
Monday 7th February 2020 Applications Close
Wednesday 19th February 2020 Funding Panel meeting
Friday 6th March 2020 Confirmation sent to succesful authorities
Friday 13th March 2020 Acceptance letters to be returned to SLIC
Monday 24th March 2020 100% of funds transferred to authorities
Friday 25th September 2020 Interim reports due
Friday 7th May 2021 Final Report and financial records to SLIC