Scotch Whisky Action Fund
09 Dec 2013
SCOTCH WHISKY ACTION FUND TO TACKLE ALCOHOL HARM
Action Fund commits £500,000 over five
The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) is launching a fund to
tackle alcohol-related harm as it extends its commitment to
addressing misuse and promoting responsible drinking.
The £500,000 Scotch Whisky Action Fund is being set-up by the
SWA, the industry trade body, and complements the work of its
members. A total of £100,000 will be available each year from 2014
to 2018 to projects working to reduce alcohol-related harm in
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.
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.
Gavin Hewitt, Scotch Whisky Association chief executive, said:
"Alcohol is part of Scottish life and brings a range of benefits to
Scotland and its economy. But we recognise there is a problem with
alcohol misuse that has to be tackled and we are committed to
taking a central role to address misuse in this drive through our
Scotch Whisky Action Fund.
"The Scotch Whisky Action Fund is our latest initiative tackling
alcohol-related harm. We are looking to help charities and other
organisations across Scotland which work to reduce alcohol misuse
and aim to make a real difference."
The first deadline for applications is 31st March 2014.
Organisations interested in finding out more or applying for
funding should visit
Notes for editors
Contact Rosemary Gallagher, SWA communications manager on 0131
222 9230 or 07432 605 385 or firstname.lastname@example.org with
media enquiries. You will have received a briefing document on the
Scotch Whisky Action Fund with this news release
Foundation Scotland is one of Scotland's busiest grant makers
distributing approximately £5m annually to exceptional projects on
behalf of our clients. Independent and self-funded, FS is trusted
by over 250 individuals, families, charitable trusts, companies and
public bodies. It provides cost effective and tax efficient
services from light touch giving to personalised grant and loan
programmes. Information on the fund will be available at www.foundationscotland.org.uk
from 00.01 on Monday 9 December.
Scotch Whisky Association
To find out more about the SWA visit www.scotch-whisky.org.uk and
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