The  Innovation and Development Fund 2022-2023 is now open. Applications close at 12 noon on Friday February 3rd 2023

Please submit your application by filling in the online form below, ensuring you have read the Application Guidance before submitting.

To make the online process easier, you can use a template to prepare your application before copying the information into the online form. 

Please note:

  • All applications must be sent using the online form. Please do not use the template to apply to the Fund.
  • The online application form does not require signatures. Confirmation of signatures, including those of partners will be required, if successful, as part of the Conditions of Grant. 
  • The form below will only work if you complete it using the same device and internet browser during the application process. If you are saving the document, please use the same device and browser to open it up later. This is part of a security feature designed to keep the information you submit safe. It is recommended that you copy and paste your application from a word document on to the online form.
A. Project Title
B. Applicant Details
This will be the main contact for the project.
C. Project Summary

What is the main aim of your project?
Please provide a short project summary (around 250 words).
D. Project Partners

Section 1: Organisation
Enter the details of the project team inserting additional rows as required:
Project Role Name Job Title Email
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Section 2: Background
300 words
Section 3: Project Details
Outline the specific processes for delivering key aims as well as the underlying rationale for the favoured approach.
Section 4: Project Outcomes
Please list the specific outcomes and outputs of your proposed project.
Section 5: Project Impact
Section 6: Milestones
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Milestone Output Date
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Section 7: Project Management
including partner participation, where applicable
What standards will be considered when planning the project?
Section 8: Finance
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Activity Anticipated date of expenditure Cost from IDF fund Cost from other budget Total cost
Totals: £ £ £
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Section 9: Sustainability
Section 10: Risk Management
How likely is it that these scenarios will occur? What is the potential impact, and what arrangements do you have in place to mitigate risk factors? Please note that a condition of grant will require a register of risks to be kept.
Risk Likelihood Impact Action to manage risk
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Section 11: Service Overview
Please provide details of any significant changes to library service provision in your local authority/organisation within the last three years. In particular, please include any reductions/increases in opening hours, library closures/openings, reduction/increase in staff numbers, or the introduction of new services.
Section 12: Project Dates

Section 13: Dissemination

SLIC will disseminate reports from your project through its website. SLIC may also request a follow-up report about the impact of your project between 12 and 24 months after the funding period. You may also be asked to provide details of any; publications, websites, mailing lists, seminars or conferences where you have presented details of your project.

Section 14: Declaration

I believe that the project is achievable within the given time and cost constraints, and with the available resources.

Head of Library Service or equivalent
Line Manager of Head of Library Service/Director of Finance or equivalent