School Library Improvement Funding Opens for 2023 (Scotland)

Funding available to support creative and innovative projects within the school library sector.

The School Library Improvement Fund (SLIF) supports creative and innovative projects within the school library sector.

It is administered by the Scottish Library and Information Council on behalf of the Scottish Government.

The Fund plays an important role in helping school library services achieve the key aims of Vibrant Libraries, Thriving Schools: A National Strategy for School Libraries in Scotland 2018-2023, the strategic document for the development of school libraries in Scotland.

The fund is available to all state nurseries, primary schools, and secondary schools in Scotland with an established library.

Schools can apply to the Fund in two ways:

  • Individual Application from School Libraries under One Local Authority
  • Collaborative Application from one or more Local Authority.

While SLIC encourages multi-disciplinary and cooperative working, collaborative applications must be led by school library services.

There is no minimum or maximum amount for bids although all projects must be completed within 12 months

Every Local Authority in Scotland has identified a Key Contact to help school libraries apply to the Fund. School Library Improvement Fund Application Forms are to be submitted through their Local Authority Key Contact.

The deadline for the submission of applications is 20 September 2023.

(This report was the subject of a GRANTfinder Newsflash.)