Latest round of awards from Scotch Whisky Action Fund
22 Jan 2018
Fund reopened for new applications
Fifteen local initiatives fighting alcohol misuse in Scotland
have been awarded support from the Scotch Whisky Action Fund. This
is the fourth round of awards from the fund set up in December 2013
by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA).
The number of awards granted in 2017 was higher than in previous
years due to additional funds being made available through
The Scotch Whisky Action Fund extends the SWA's commitment to
addressing alcohol misuse and promoting responsible drinking.
It is managed by Foundation Scotland, an independent charity. Some
37 awards have been made since the fund was set-up.
The fund supports and develops a range of initiatives that
deliver targeted interventions to tackle alcohol-related harms
across three areas:
- Young people (aged under 18)
All the initiatives to receive backing in this year's round of
funding are selected by an independent awards panel, chaired by
Dame Joan Stringer. The initiatives are spread across Scotland from
Ayrshire to Elgin.
Among projects focusing on young people which received funding
in this round are programmes delivering alcohol awareness raising
sessions, including two football community trusts - Motherwell and
Hibernian. Projects supporting children affected by parental
alcohol misuse, plus a range of initiatives providing diversionary
and education and street work, have also received funding.
Projects working with families and communities that have
received grants include initiatives working with one parent
families and carers, such as workshops, arts therapy, group and
Dame Joan Stringer said: "As in previous years, I was very
impressed with the quality of projects applying for awards from the
Scotch Whisky Action Fund. All the projects being awarded
have a great deal to contribute to tackling alcohol misuse across
Scotland in a number of innovative ways."
Karen Betts, Scotch Whisky Association chief executive, said:
"We're committed to tackling alcohol misuse and our action fund is
an example of our work in this area. We're pleased that have been
able to make 37 awards since we launched the fund in 2013. It's
particularly encouraging to see such a diverse range of projects
being awarded this year, from those working with young people in
schools to those working with carers. We're delighted to support
these initiatives working in their communities to prevent and
reduce misuse and would encourage organisations to apply for the
latest round of funding."
Giles Ruck, Foundation Scotland chief executive, said:
"It's great to see so many innovative projects receiving funding
from the Scotch Whisky Action Fund. This year Foundation
Scotland took the decision to contribute additional money from our
own funds to ensure even more projects could benefit. This is a
significant step to help individuals and communities tackle misuse
The fund is open for new applications with a deadline of the 29th
June. Details can be found at
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You can find details of all the projects which have received
awards from this round of funding here:
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The fund was set up in 2013 by the Scotch Whisky Association
(SWA), the industry trade body, to provide awards of £100,000 in
total each year until 2018 to initiatives addressing alcohol
Additional funding of £85,000 provided via Foundation Scotland
meant the fund was able to increase the number of awards made in
With the 2017 round the Scotch Whisky Action Fund has made a total
of 37 grants over the four years of the Fund operating.