If you are planning on submitting an application to the School Library Improvement Fund, you can find the answers to some Frequently Asked Questions below.


If you have a query that is not detailed in the list below, please email info@scottishlibraries.org or call the SLIC office on 0141 202 2999 and we will be happy to answer any questions regarding your application.

The School Library Improvement Fund (SLIF) is administered by the Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC) 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.

A COLLABORATIVE BID is an application made by either two or more schools within separate Local Authorities.

An unlimited number of collaborative bids can be submitted.

Another party who is involved in the project e.g. the Scottish Book Trust or another school (from the same or another local authority)

You should ask your Key Contact for guidance in the first instance.

In advance of a National Strategy for School Libraries in Scotland, five key priorities have been identified. 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.

To give each Local Authority an equal opportunity to be considered for funding.

Your application must be signed by the Headteacher or Director of Education/ Finance and the key contact. It should be submitted directly to your key contact for shortlisting, who will then send the application directly to SLIC via the applications mailbox: applications@scottishlibraries.org.

Please note that applications will need to be sent to your key contact in advance of the closing date (5pm on Friday 14th December 2018), in order to allow them sufficient time to assess which applications will go forward to SLIC. Please check this date with your key contact.

Your own organisation will be able to inform you who your SLIF Key Contact is and how to contact them.

All applications must be submitted directly to your Key Contact for shortlisting in the first instance. Your key contact will sign the application to confirm that they have vetted it and then send the applications that have passed the first round of shortlisting on to SLIC for consideration.

No, the fund is specifically for schools who already have a dedicated school library. The grants are specifically for funding innovative projects in school libraries in Scotland.

Your own organisation will be able to inform you who your SLIF Key Contact is and how to contact them.

You will know if your bid has been successful if you are informed by by letter from SLIC via your key contact after submissions close.

SLIC will inform you by letter via your key contact, shortly after the application closing date