The School Library Improvement Fund (SLIF) is administered by the Scottish Library and Information Council on behalf of the Scottish Government. The new fund is aimed at innovative projects which support the school library sector and is available to all state run schools in Scotland. The successful applicants for SLIF 2017-18 have been announced and can be viewed here.

This year, the total fund available for SLIF is £450,000. There is no minimum or maximum amount for bids although all projects must be completed within twelve months. Applications for SLIF will open on the 16th of April and will close on the 14th of May. More information on this year's Fund will be available soon.

A key contact has been allocated for schools in every local authority area in Scotland. Every application must be co-ordinated with the key contact in your area before submission. Please contact your local authority to identify the key contact for schools in your area.

Funding is considered for a range of activities, including:

Research Impact Analysis
Service Development Staff Training
Partnership Working Creation of New Resources or Services
Case Studies Preparation of Good Practice Guides
Promotion of Standards
The SLIF Process

In advance of a National Strategy for School Libraries in Scotland, four key priorities have been identified. Every SLIF application has to have a direct link to one or more of the key priorities below:

  • Reader Development
  • Information Literacy
  • Digital Creativity
  • Health and Social Wellbeing

In addition, projects which support the Year of Young People 2018 - the Scottish Government's Themed Year for 2018 - are also welcome.

SLIC accepts up to two applications per local authority. However, an unlimited number of collaborative bids between different local authorities and/or external partners is permitted. Applications must be of demonstrable value and have an impact on the development of school library and information services in Scotland. While SLIC encourages multidisciplinary and collaborative working, school library services must be the lead applicant for all applications. Awards will be decided on a case-by-case basis.

How to Apply

Applications for SLIF 2018-2019 will open on the 16th of April and will close on the 14th of May.

More information on applying for the Fund will be available soon.

In the meantime, feel free to download and read our SLIF Guidance For Applicants 2017-18 and SLIF Application Form Guidance. Last year's SLIF Application Form is also available to view. If you have any questions regarding our guidance forms or application process, please email