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 next round of the IDF will open in November 2018. You can view this year's funded projects here.


IDF Timeline
Date IDF Step
Friday 10th November 2017 Bids open
Friday 2nd February 2018 Bids close
Friday 9th March 2018 Funding Sub-Committee Meeting
Wednesday 21st March 2018 Board approval
Friday 23rd March 2018 Confirmation sent to successful authorities
Friday 30th March 2018 Acceptance letters to be returned to SLIC
From Monday 2nd April 2018 100% of funds transfered to authorities
Friday 28th September 2018 Interim Reports due
Friday 3rd May 2019 Final Report and finanical records to SLIC