McMillan highlights fund to tackle alcohol misuse

Projects across Scotland working to tackle alcohol related harm are being invited to apply for grants 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 seven local initiatives were selected by an awards panel to receive funding. They are spread across Scotland from the Alcohol Counselling and Advisory Service in Orkney to the Fuse Youth Café in Shettleston, Glasgow. To date, 15 awards have been granted through the fund.

David Frost, Scotch Whisky Association 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 to prevent and reduce misuse among young people, communities, and families.

“Since the Fund started, we have been impressed by the quality and impact of the 15 funded projects and we want to encourage a wide range of initiatives to apply for support in 2016.”

Stuart McMillan MSP added:

“I would encourage local groups within Inverclyde to check if they are eligible for this funding.

“This funding could make a big difference to individuals, families and communities across Inverclyde.”

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


For more information about the fund and how to apply visit

For more information on the Scotch Whisky Action Fund and details of the awards made last year please visit

For more information on the Scotch Whisky Association
Follow the SWA on Twitter @ScotchWhiskySWA

Foundation Scotland
Foundation Scotland is an independent charity established to strengthen local communities by providing a source of funding to community led projects the length and breadth of Scotland. Foundation Scotland, formerly Scottish Community Foundation, was established to help people and organisations give to good causes effectively and inexpensively. Foundation Scotland is part of a national movement of community foundations that undertake strategic grant making, facilitate philanthropy and contribute to achieving lasting impact in communities across Scotland.

For further information about Foundation Scotland visit


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