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 this year's SLIF have now closed. 

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 the 2018-2019 School Library Improvement Fund have now closed.

SLIF Timeline
Monday 16th April 2018 Bids Open
Monday 14th May 2018 Closing Date for applications
Wed/Thurs 30th & 31st May 2018 Funding Sub-Committee Meeting
Thursday 31st May Recommended bids list to be sent to board
Wednesday 6th June Confirmation sent to successful authorities
Wednesday 13th June 2018 Acceptance letters to be returned to SLIC
Wednesday 13th June 2018 70% of funds transferred to authorities
Monday 10th December 2018 Interim Reports due
Week beginning 14th January 2019 30% of funds transferred
Monday 3rd June 2019 Final Report and financial records to SLIC