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

Introduced in 2017 SLIF is available to all state run schools in Scotland. It has already had an enormous impact on school library services throughout the country, funding a host of pioneering projects. The fund is not designed to create new school libraries but enhance what is already there. Examples of previously successful bids include projects which focus on literacy development, mental health & wellbeing as well as partnership working. SLIF also has a role to play in helping school library services achieve the key aims of Vibrant Libraries, Thriving Schools: A National Strategy for School Libraries in Scotland 2018-2023, the strategic document for the development of school libraries in Scotland.

The SLIF Process

SLIC accepts up to two applications per local authority. This is to give each authority an equal opportunity to be considered for funding. We also accept an unlimited number of collaborative bids. This is where an application is made by either two or more schools within separate Local Authorities and/or external partners. There is no minimum or maximum amount for bids although all SLIF projects must be completed within 12 months.

Applications must be of demonstrable value and have an impact on the development of school library and information services in Scotland. While SLIC encourages multi-disciplinary and collaborative working, applications have to be led by school library services.
Every SLIF application has to have a direct link to at least one of the five Strategic Aims of Vibrant Libraries, Thriving Schools - A National Strategy for School Libraries in Scotland 2018-2023. Applicants will be expected to outline how their project will support the Strategic Aims of the document, which highlights the vital role school libraries play in the learning of children and young people. Our SLIF FAQs may be able to help with any questions you have over the SLIF process.
The Role of the Key Contact

Every local authority in Scotland has identified a Key Contact for Schools and SLIF applications must be collaborated with them before submission. Your Key Contact will be able to look over your application and help you with the SLIF process. In some cases, the Key Contact will also need to draw up a shortlist of SLIF applications. 

It is very important that your application is signed by the Key Contact. This confirms your application has been vetted and approved, ready for consideration. We will not accept applications where there is no Key Contact signature. 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).

If you are unsure who your Key Contact is, please get in touch with your local authority.  

SLIF Timeline 2019 -2020
Monday 26th August 2019 Fund Opens
Monday 30th September 2019 Closing Date for Applications
Wednesday 9th October 2019 Funding Sub-Committee Meeting
Monday 21st October 2019 Offer Letters Sent Out
Monday 28th October 2019 Acceptance Letters to be returned to SLIC
Friday 1st November 2019 Funds Distributed
Friday 28th February 2020 Interim Reports Due
Friday 26th June 2020 Final Report and Financial Records to SLIC