The Innovation and Development Fund (IDF) supports pioneering library projects throughout Scotland. Introduced in 2005, it is aimed at members of the Scottish Library and Information Council who do not benefit from the Public Library Improvement Fund (PLIF).

The long-standing scheme funds innovative projects which support SLIC's four 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 digital literacy programmes. The successful bids showcase the rich variety of pioneering library projects happening in libraries throughout Scotland.

IDF Applications
The IDF is currently open for applications until 5pm on Monday the 11th February 2019. You can view projects previously funded in 2016, 2017 and 2018 on the links to the right.


IDF Timeline
Date IDF Step
Monday 12th November 2018 Bids open
Monday 11th February 2019 Bids close
Wednesday 6th March 2019 Funding Sub-Committee Meeting
Wednesday 20th March 2019 Board approval
Friday 22nd March 2019 Confirmation sent to successful authorities
Friday 29th March 2019 Acceptance letters to be returned to SLIC
From Monday 1st April 2019 100% of funds transfered to authorities
Friday 20th September 2019 Interim Reports due
Friday 8th May 2020 Final Report and finanical records to SLIC