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Scotch Whisky Action Fund

Douglas Meikle with Hibernian Football Community Trust
In 2013, the SWA established a fund to tackle alcohol-related harm as an extension of our commitment to address harmful use of alcohol and promote responsible drinking.

The Scotch Whisky Action Fund (SWAF) committed £100,000 each year between 2014 to 2018 to fund projects that help reduce alcohol-related harm in Scotland.  The success of the SWAF has led to the extension of that funding to 2023.

SWAF supports and develops projects that deliver targeted interventions to tackle harm among young people, families and communities impacted by excessive consumption of alcohol.

The SWAF invest in projects from charities and other organisations that help reduce the impact of alcohol-related harm in Scotland's communities. The Fund is managed by Foundation Scotland, an independent charity, and chaired by Dame Joan Stringer.

SWAF supports and develops projects that deliver targeted interventions to tackle harm among young people, families and communities impacted by excessive consumption of alcohol.

The fund encourages applications from innovative and pilot initiatives that aim to test new approaches to combatting alcohol misuse in Scotland.


Scotch Whisky Action Fund Projects

More than 50 awards have been granted over the past five years. You can find out more about the latest projects below.

Scotland

Scottish landscape

Edinburgh & the Lothians

Edinburgh

The Borders and Ayrshire

Peebles, Borders

Argyll & Bute

Argyll and Bute

Highlands

Highlands

Glasgow & Strathclyde

Glasgow

news & commentary

23 October 2019

Organisations come together for Scotch Whisky Action Fund learning event

The SWA has this week hosted a learning event featuring projects that received support from the Scotch Whisky Action Fund, which aims to tackle the effects of alcohol misuse.

22 August 2019

Scotch Whisky Action Fund pledges further support for innovative projects

The Scotch Whisky Action Fund, set up in 2013, has pledged a further year's support for two projects that each received funding in 2018: Bright Light's Families in Recovery, and Waverley Care's SX initiative.

05 April 2019

SWA extends commitment to tackling alcohol misuse

Scotch Whisky Action Fund to deliver £1 million of funding over 10 years

17 December 2018

Projects tackling alcohol misuse receive grants from Scotch Whisky Action Fund

Thirteen projects set up to tackle alcohol misuse in Scotland have been granted awards by the Scotch Whisky Action Fund.

29 May 2018

Scotch Whisky Action Fund recipients share experience of protecting against alcohol misuse

Recipients of funding from the Scotch Whisky Action Fund have shared their experiences and what they have learned in conducting their work at an event in Edinburgh.

22 January 2018

Latest round of awards from Scotch Whisky Action Fund

Fifteen local initiatives fighting alcohol misuse in Scotland have been awarded support from the Scotch Whisky Action Fund.

01 June 2017

Scotch Whisky Action Fund – tackling alcohol misuse across Scotland

27 February 2017

Scotch Whisky Action Fund to tackle alcohol misuse

publications

06 February 2019

Scotch Whisky Action Fund - Impact Report 2017

This impact report focuses on initiatives for responsible alcohol consumption and alcohol-related harm in Scotland.

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SWAF - Scotland

Learn more about Scotch Whisky Action Fund projects that apply across Scotland.

SWAF - Edinburgh & the Lothians

Learn more about Scotch Whisky Action Fund projects around Edinburgh & the Lothians.

SWAF - The Borders and Ayrshire

Learn more about Scotch Whisky Action Fund projects in the Borders

SWAF - Argyll & Bute

Learn more about Scotch Whisky Action Fund projects in the Argyll & Bute region.

SWAF - Highlands

Learn more about Scotch Whisky Action Fund projects in the Highlands

SWAF - Glasgow & Strathclyde

Learn more about Scotch Whisky Action Funds in Glasgow and Strathclyde