About The Fund

The School Library Improvement Fund (SLIF) supports creative and innovative projects within the school library sector and is administered by the Scottish Library and Information Council on behalf of the Scottish Government.

The Fund plays an important role in helping school library services achieve the key aims of Vibrant Libraries, Thriving Schools: A National Strategy for School Libraries in Scotland 2018-2023the strategic document for the development of school libraries in Scotland.

SLIF 2021 is now closed for applications. If you have recently applied to the School Library Improvement Fund SLIC will be in touch shortly to let you know the outcome of your application.  

Who Can Apply?

The fund is available to all state nurseries, primary schools, and secondary schools in Scotland with an established library. Schools can apply to the Fund in two ways:


Individual Application from School Libraries under One Local Authority

A school library can apply for funding on its own without any collaboration with other school libraries and/or authorities. SLIC accepts up to two funding applications per local authority. This is to give each authority an equal opportunity to be considered for funding.

Collaborative Application from one or more Local Authority 

SLIC accepts an unlimited number of Collaborative Applications. This is where an application is made by either two or more schools from separate Local Authorities and/or external partners. While SLIC encourages multi-disciplinary and cooperative working, Collaborative Applications must be led by school library services. A detailed explanation of what constitutes a Collaborative Application can be found on the SLIF FAQ page.

What We Can Fund

All SLIF applications need a direct link to at least one of the strategic aims of Vibrant Libraries, Thriving Schools - A National Strategy for School Libraries in Scotland 2018-2023. Schools will also have to comply with the Fair Work First scheme. There is no minimum or maximum amount for bids although all SLIF projects must be completed within 12 monthsYou can find more information on the strategic aims of the School Library Strategy and the Fair Work First scheme on our SLIF FAQ page

What We Can't Fund

As the School Library Improvement Fund supports creative and innovative projects, SLIC is unlikely to fund applications which are similar to previously successful projects.

Funding cannot cover the following:

  • Setting up a new school library
  • Refurbishing a current school library
  • Solely refreshing school library stock
  • Solely refreshing library resources
When To Apply

The School Library Improvement Fund 2021 closed on Monday 20th September 2021. 

How To Apply

The SLIF Guidance and SLIF Application Form offer a step-by-step guide to applying. We recommend that you read through the Guidance before downloading the SLIF Application Form.

SLIC Application Forms are submitted through your Local Authority Key Contact. Every Local Authority in Scotland has identified a Key Contact to help school libraries apply to the Fund. Your Key Contact is unlikely to be your Headteacher but could be the Head of Public Libraries, an Education Manager or a Quality Improvement Officer (QIO). You can find out who they are by getting in touch with your local authority.

In order to progress your application, you must liaise with your Key Contact before submission. They will look over your application and help you with the funding process. The Key Contact decides which applications will be submitted to SLIC for consideration. It is essential your application is signed by the Key Contact. We will not accept applications where there is no Key Contact signature. 

Our SLIF FAQ Page can help with any questions you may have regarding the application process. If you cannot find the answer to your query you can email info@scottishlibraries.org

Please note: Your application must be sent to your Key Contact in advance of the closing date. Any applications not submitted to SLIC through the Key Contact or after the deadline cannot be accepted.