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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:

Young people: 

  • Alcohol Education Trust: Talk About Alcohol Education Programme (Nationwide) 
  • Crossreach: The Sunflower Garden Project (Nationwide) 
  • Edinburgh Young Carers Project (EYCP): Activity Support Project (Edinburgh) 
  • Eildon West Youth Hub: Off-street (Edinburgh) 
  • Fast Forward: Wasted (Edinburgh) 
  • Health Opportunities Team: Substance Use (South East) 
  • Kyle of Sutherland Hub: Saturday Evening Youth Café (Bonar Bridge) 
  • Oban Addiction Support and Information Service: Animal Assisted Intervention (Oban)
  • Stoneyburn and Bents Future Vision Group: Gorilla Landscapers (Stoneyburn) 
  • Visual Statement: Pink to Black (Glasgow) 
  • Yipworld: Stomping Ground (Cumnock) 


  • Addictions Counselling Inverness: Family Member Counselling (Inverness)


  • 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 Scotland.

"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 misuse.

"This year the awards reflect a greater emphasis on educating young people and other at risk groups about the risks of alcohol misuse."

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 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 misuse.

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.