Scotch Whisky Action Fund
09 Dec 2013
Scotch Whisky Action Fund To Tackle
The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has established a fund to
tackle alcohol-related harm as an extension of its commitment to
addressing misuse and promoting responsible drinking.
The £500,000 Scotch Whisky Action Fund (SWAF) complements the
work of the SWA's members. A total of £100,000 will be available
each year from 2014 to 2018 to projects working to reduce
alcohol-related harm in Scotland.
What the fund will do
The fund will invest in projects from charities and other
organisations that work to reduce the impact of alcohol-related
harm in Scotland's communities. The Scotch Whisky Action Fund will
be managed by Foundation Scotland, an independent charity.
The Scotch Whisky Action Fund will support and develop projects
and initiatives delivering targeted interventions to tackle harm
among young people aged 18 and under, families affected by misuse
and communities suffering as a result of irresponsible or excessive
consumption of alcohol. Research commissioned by the SWA revealed
that more work, and funding, is required to develop existing
initiatives and support new programmes to combat misuse across
these three themes. The fund would particularly welcome
applications from innovative or pilot initiatives which aim to test
new approaches within these themes.
Applying for support
Applications for support of new projects can seek an award of up
to £10,000; existing initiatives, with a proven track record, can
receive help up to £25,000.
The fund is not currently open for applications.
Organisations interested in finding out more or applying for
funding should visit
You can read about one of the first projects supported by the
SWAF via the following link: Support
and Education for Alcohol Related Challenges in the Home
SEARCH was delivered by Carers of West Dunbartonshire, and was a
new and novel approach with an aim of positively influencing policy
and practice. Following completion, the SWAF also funded an
independent evaluation of the project. The subsequent report
confirms the aims and objectives of the project were successfully
delivered and clearly evidenced. The case studies contained within
the report help to illustrate the impact of this project on