Scotch Whisky Action Fund to tackle alcohol misuse
27 Feb 2017
Fund re-opened for applications
Projects across Scotland working to tackle alcohol related harm
are being invited to apply for grants from the Scotch Whisky Action
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. The fund extends the SWA's commitment to promoting
responsible drinking. It is managed by Foundation Scotland, an
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)
Applications are invited from innovative or pilot initiatives
which test new approaches and from existing projects demonstrating
success in reducing harm.
Last year seven local initiatives were selected by an awards
panel to receive funding. They are spread across Scotland from
Hibernian Community Foundation in Edinburgh, which delivers
preventative alcohol education to primary school pupils, to the
Orkney Alcohol Counselling and Advisory Service (OACAS) which was
awarded funding to assist its work in communities. To date, 22
awards have been granted through the fund.
Julie Hesketh-Laird, Scotch Whisky Association acting chief
executive, said: "The Action Fund is part of our commitment to
tackling alcohol misuse. Our goal is to support projects across
Scotland that help prevent and reduce misuse among young people,
communities, and families. We want to encourage a wide range of
initiatives to apply for support in 2017."
Giles Ruck, Foundation Scotland chief executive, said:
"The fund has supported a range of innovative projects designed to
tackle alcohol related harm. We expect to generate a lot of
interest from organisations across Scotland again this year that
can benefit from this vital funding."
The Scotch Whisky Action Fund independent awards panel is
chaired by Professor Dame Joan Stringer. The closing date for
applications is 30 June 2017.
For more information about the fund and how to apply
With media enquiries please contact Rosemary Gallagher, SWA head
of communications on 0131 222 9230/07432 605385 or email firstname.lastname@example.org