Scotch Whisky Action Fund

09 Dec 2013

Scotch Whisky Action Fund To Tackle Alcohol Harm

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

Case Study

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).

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 people's lives.