Projects tackling alcohol misuse receive grants from Scotch Whisky Action Fund
17 Dec 2018
Thirteen projects set up to tackle alcohol misuse in Scotland
have been granted awards by the Scotch Whisky Action Fund.
This is the fifth round of awards allocated from the fund, which
the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) set up in December 2013. The
fund is managed by independent charity, Foundation Scotland, who
has made grants this year totalling £175,000.
The Scotch Whisky Action Fund supports the Scotch Whisky
industry's commitment to tackling alcohol misuse and promoting
responsible drinking. More than 50 awards supporting young people
(aged under 18), families, or communities have been granted over
the past five years.
The recipients of this year's awards were selected by an
independent awards panel, chaired by Dame Joan Stringer.
This year's awards will be made to:
- Alcohol Education Trust: Talk About Alcohol Education Programme
- Crossreach: The Sunflower Garden Project
- Edinburgh Young Carers Project (EYCP): Activity Support Project
- Eildon West Youth Hub: Off-street (Edinburgh)
- Fast Forward: Wasted (Edinburgh)
- Health Opportunities Team: Substance Use (South
- Kyle of Sutherland Hub: Saturday Evening Youth Café (Bonar
- Oban Addiction Support and Information Service: Animal Assisted
- Stoneyburn and Bents Future Vision Group: Gorilla Landscapers
- Visual Statement: Pink to Black (Glasgow)
- Yipworld: Stomping Ground (Cumnock)
- Addictions Counselling Inverness: Family Member Counselling
- West Dunbartonshire Council for Voluntary Service (CVS): Men's
Befriending Group (West Dumbartonshire)
Dame Joan Stringer said: "I am proud of the
positive impact the Scotch Whisky Action Fund is having across
"The thirteen projects which will benefit from funding this year
have the potential to change lives and steer vulnerable people away
from the dangers of alcohol misuse."
Karen Betts, Scotch Whisky Association Chief Executive,
said: "The Scotch Whisky industry is committed to tackling
alcohol misuse across Scotland.
"Since the Scotch Whisky Action Fund was established in 2013,
the industry has supported a diverse range of community-led
programmes across the country to prevent and reduce alcohol
"This year the awards reflect a greater emphasis on educating
young people and other at risk groups about the risks of alcohol
Giles Ruck, Foundation Scotland Chief Executive,
said: "Now in its fifth year the Scotch Whisky Action Fund
continues to support innovative projects across Scotland. All of
the projects funded will work within their community tackling and
reducing alcohol related harm."
Notes to Editors:
You can find details of all the projects which have received
awards from this round of funding
Watch a film on the Fund: https://vimeo.com/245359195
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 provided via Foundation Scotland meant the
fund was able to support more projects.
With the 2018 round the Scotch Whisky Action Fund has made a
total of 50 grants over the five years of the Fund operating.