The Scotch Whisky Association is inviting funding applications for projects tackling alcohol related harm
Projects across Scotland working to tackle alcohol related harm are invited to apply to the Scotch £100,000 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.
It extends the SWA’s commitment to promoting responsible drinking and is managed by Foundation Scotland.
The fund is looking to support and develop a range of initiatives working with young people, families and communities.
Applications are welcome from innovative or pilot initiatives which test new approaches and from existing projects demonstrating success in reducing harm.
We want to support projects that are contributing towards preventing and reducing misuse among young people, communities and families - David Frost
Last year eight local initiatives were selected by an awards panel to receive funding. They are spread across Scotland from the island of Islay to Aberdeenshire and are a mix of new and established projects.
David Frost, Scotch Whisky Association chief executive, said: “We are committed to tackling alcohol misuse. We want to support projects that are contributing towards preventing and reducing misuse among young people, communities and families. We hope a wide range of initiatives will apply for funding.”
Giles Ruck, Foundation Scotland chief executive, said: “We were encouraged by the number of innovative projects who received awards last year; You Decide Ltd in Port Glasgow will work with secondary school pupils to identify ways in which young people can play an active role in reducing alcohol related harm.
"Carers of West Dunbartonshire will offer an alcohol education programme and an emotional support system which will help address the needs of carers in families affected by alcohol misuse, a group which are frequently overlooked. We hope their success will inspire many more to apply this year.”
The awards panel is chaired by Professor Dame Joan Stringer. Apply before 30 June 2015.