The Innovation and Development Fund (IDF) supports pioneering library projects throughout Scotland. Introduced in 2005, it is aimed at those who do not benefit from the Public Library Improvement Fund (PLIF) or the School Library Improvement Fund (SLIF).

The long-standing scheme funds innovative projects which support SLIC's four strategic objectives, namely: Advocacy, Standards, Innovation and Partnerships.

IDF funding is ideal for projects and activities which encourage creative service delivery and development, including the creation of new resources, research and staff training. Previous IDF Awards have included the creation of pop-up maker spaces, new library collections and digital literacy programmes. The successful bids showcase the rich variety of pioneering library projects happening in libraries throughout Scotland.

IDF Projects & Applications
If you successfully applied to our Innovation and Development Fund in 2018 you have until Friday May 3rd 2019 to complete your final report.
Applications for IDF 2019 have now closed. If you have applied to the Fund this year please view the timeline below for further details.
IDF Timeline
Date IDF Step
Monday 12th November 2018 Bids open
Monday 11th February 2019 Bids close
Wednesday 6th March 2019 Funding Sub-Committee Meeting
Wednesday 20th March 2019 Board approval
Friday 22nd March 2019 Confirmation sent to successful authorities
Friday 29th March 2019 Acceptance letters to be returned to SLIC
From Monday 1st April 2019 100% of funds transfered to authorities
Friday 20th September 2019 Interim Reports due
Friday 8th May 2020 Final Report and finanical records to SLIC