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First projects awarded by Scotch Whisky Action Fund

16 July 2014

Eight local initiatives fighting alcohol misuse in Scotland have been awarded funding from the Scotch Whisky Action Fund. These are the first projects to benefit from the £500,000 fund set up last December by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA).

The Scotch Whisky Action Fund, which extends the SWA’s commitment to addressing alcohol misuse and promoting responsible drinking, will give a total of £100,000 each year from 2014 to 2018 to projects working to reduce harm in Scotland. It is managed by Foundation Scotland, an independent charity.

The initiatives selected by an Awards Panel to receive backing in the first round of funding range from projects supporting young people to those helping families. They are spread across Scotland from the island of Islay to Aberdeenshire and are a mix of new and established projects.

The initiatives are:

For young people under 18: Youth Alive, Dumfries and Galloway; Mentor Foundation, Falkirk; Islay & Jura Community Enterprise, Argyll & Bute; Clued Up, Fife; Saltcoats Youth Action Group, North Ayrshire.

For families: Carers of West Dunbartonshire.

For communities: You Decide - Space Unlimited, Inverclyde; Outside the Box Development Support, South Lanarkshire, Highland and Central Aberdeenshire.

David Frost, Scotch Whisky Association chief executive, said: “We are delighted to support initiatives doing such worthwhile work to tackle alcohol misuse across Scotland. We are committed to this cause and want to help projects on the ground which are helping young people, communities and families deal with the consequences of misuse. Such intervention can help people realise the damage that can be done to their own health and the impact on those around them.

“When consumed responsibly alcohol is a normal part of Scottish life and brings benefits to the economy and society. We want to tackle alcohol-related harm and the Scotch Whisky Action Fund is just one way of doing this.”

Giles Ruck, Foundation Scotland chief executive, said: “It is great to see so many innovative projects receiving funding from the Scotch Whisky Action Fund. Projects include an award winning alcohol education programme in primary and secondary schools, which will now be rolled out to a further three geographical areas and an organisation dedicated to working with carers of people who misuse alcohol. The £100,000 is a significant step to help individuals, carers and families facing the effects of alcohol-related harms across Scotland.”

The Scotch Whisky Action Fund recently appointed Professor Dame Joan Stringer as its first chair. Dame Joan will lead the Awards Panel that selects projects to receive funding next year.

Notes to Editors

With media enquiries please contact Rosemary Gallagher, SWA communications manager on 0131 222 9230/07432 605385 or email

A full list of all the awards made and details of the projects supported is available here. For more information about the fund visit

For more information on the Scotch Whisky Association

Follow the SWA on Twitter @ScotchWhiskySWA

The Awards Panel comprised:  Derek Lewis, former chair of Drinkaware, Bob Benson, Foundation Scotland Trustee and Frank Burns, member of Foundation Scotland’s, Innovation and Impact committee.

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