Scotch Whisky Action Fund

09 Dec 2013


Action Fund commits £500,000 over five years

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 Scotland.

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 with media enquiries. You will have received a briefing document on the Scotch Whisky Action Fund with this news release
Foundation Scotland

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 from 00.01 on Monday 9 December.

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