The Innovation and Development Fund (IDF) supports pioneering library projects throughout Scotland. Introduced in 2005, it is aimed at members of the Scottish Library and Information Council who do not benefit from the Public Library Improvement Fund (PLIF).

The long-standing scheme funds innovative projects which support SLIC's four strategic objectives, namely: Advocacy, Standards, Innovation and Partnership. This year (2017) the fund will award £25,000.

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.   

IDF Applications

The closing date for the 2017 Innovation and Development Fund was 27th January 2017. In March the SLIC board identified three projects which will now receive funding. The successful bids showcase the rich variety of pioneering library projects happening in libraries throughout Scotland.

IDF is an annual fund, with bids usually accepted from November onwards. You can apply online or download an IDF application form and send the completed document to our offices. If you are looking for examples of successful bids you can view some of our previous IDF Awards. However please read our IDF Guidelines before you apply as this will help simplify the application process.

It is also important to remember that IDF is only available to SLIC members who are not eligible to apply for the Public Library Improvment Fund (PLIF). We will however accept applications where members are the leading body in a partnership project with non-members or a public library service.

IDF Timeline

Bids for the 2017 IDF Awards have now closed. However if you have submitted a successful application the following timeline gives an indication of what happens when.  

Date IDF Step
January 27th 2017 Closing date for applications.
March 2017 Board evaluation of IDF bids and confirmation of successful applications sent.
April 2017 70% of funds transferred.
September 29th 2017 Interim Reports due.
November 2017 Project showcase at SLIC Annual General Meeting. Remaining funds transferred.
March 31st 2018 Projects to be completed.
May 4th 2018 Final Report and financial records to be sent to SLIC.
IDF Awards 2017

The three successful IDF bids for 2017 are listed below. The projects cover a wide variety of different areas including the experience of library users and digital innovation. Click on the individual projects to find out more about the Awards.  

Award: £2,050

The college aims to create a 'snapshot' view of social media use in libraries across scotland with its project 'An Emojinal Topic? Social Media Use in Libraries'. 


Award: £12,412

'Going 3D in the LRC: A new dimension for Forth Valley College' aims to enhance the creative learning experience for students at Forth Vlley College - raising awareness of new technology and promoting volunteering in local public libraries.


Award: £3,200

The University of the West of Scotland aims to make a film about the journey students make as they go through their programme of study. The project, 'The Info Lit Journey', will highlight how students use the library during their time at the university.