Scotch Whisky Action Fund reopens

12 Feb 2015

Projects across Scotland working to tackle alcohol related harm are invited to apply for funding from the Scotch Whisky Action Fund.

The fund was set up in 2013 by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA), the industry trade body, to provide £100,000 funding each year until 2018 to initiatives addressing alcohol misuse. The fund extends the SWA's commitment to promoting responsible drinking. It is managed by Foundation Scotland, an independent charity.

The fund is looking to support and develop a range of initiatives that deliver targeted interventions to tackle alcohol-related harms across three areas:

  • Young people (aged under 18)
  • Families
  • Communities

Applications are welcome from innovative or pilot initiatives which test new approaches and from existing projects demonstrating success in reducing harm.

Last year eight local initiatives were selected by an awards panel to receive funding. They are spread across Scotland from the island of Islay to Aberdeenshire and are a mix of new and established projects.

David Frost, Scotch Whisky Association chief executive, said: "We are committed to tackling alcohol misuse. We want to support projects that are contributing towards preventing and reducing misuse among young people, communities and families. We hope a wide range of initiatives will apply for funding."

Giles Ruck, Foundation Scotland chief executive, said:  "We were encouraged by the number of innovative projects who received awards last year; You Decide Ltd in Port Glasgow will work with secondary school pupils to identify ways in which young people can play an active role in reducing alcohol related harm.  And, Carers of West Dunbartonshire will offer an alcohol education programme and an emotional support system which will help address the needs of carers in families affected by alcohol misuse, a group which are frequently overlooked.  We hope their success will inspire many more to apply this year.  "

The awards panel is chaired by Professor Dame Joan Stringer. The closing date for applications this year is 30 June.

Notes to Editors
With media enquiries please contact Rosemary Gallagher, SWA communications manager on 0131 222 9230/07432 605385 or email rgallagher@swa.org.uk

For more information on the Scotch Whisky Action Fund and details of the awards made last year please visit www.foundationscotland.org.uk/scotchwhiskyactionfund

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