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 are open from the 16th of April till the 14th of May at 5pm

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.

The SLIF Process

Every SLIF application has to have a direct link to one or more of the key priorities below:

  • Curriculum, Learner Journey and Developing the Young Workforce
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Information, Digital Literacy and Digital Creativity
  • Family Learning, Literacy and Numeracy
  • Standards and Leadership

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 are open from the 16th of April and will close on the 14th of May at 5pm.

Please note that applications will need to be sent to your key contact in advance of the closing date, in order to allow them sufficient time to assess which applications will go forward to SLIC. Please check this date with your key contact.

Please download and read the SLIF General Guidance 2018-2019 and SLIF Guidance for Applicants 2018-2019 documents before applying and visit the Frequently Asked Questions page.

Download the SLIF Application Form

If you have any questions regarding our guidance forms or application process, please email