Scotch Whisky Action Fund

Tackling Alcohol Related Harm


The Scotch Whisky industry is and has been involved for many years in a range of initiatives to promote responsible attitudes to alcohol and tackle alcohol-related harm. The establishment of this fund by the Scotch Whisky Association is a further development of that commitment.


A full list of the awards made in 2019 can be found here 

Details of the projects supported in previous years are available here

Read the fund profile


To invest in groups and organisations that have innovative plans to reduce the impact of alcohol-related harm in Scotland's communities.

The Fund is focussed on supporting new/innovative or pilot initiatives which deliver targeted interventions designed to tackle alcohol-related harms in Scotland’s communities.  

Awards of up to maximum of £25,000 for a one year period can be made through this Fund. Please note that whilst you can apply for up to £25,000, an award of this level would only be granted in exceptional circumstances. In practice, we would expect to make awards in the region of £10,000. You must tell us how you plan to evaluate your project.

Projects which secure funding under the Fund and can demonstrate an impact may be able to receive further funding of up to £25,000 per annum to support their initiative. Foundation Scotland will contact eligible projects. Further details are given at annex A.

The Fund will support projects for a maximum of three years.

 What we mean by innovation

A new facility, initiative, service or fresh approach to tackling alcohol-related harm. Innovation is a different approach to tackle an issue or need.  For example, it may be a whole new approach or it could involve combining current interventions, or it could involve using new technology/social media or working with a new target group or delivering an intervention in a new setting. Innovation can be achieved in partnerships with other groups or independently.

What do we mean by alcohol-related harm?

The alcohol industry plays an important role in Scottish society and Scotch Whisky is at the heart of the industry.  However, the misuse of alcohol through excessive or inappropriate consumption can have implications for health and a range of social problems, including anti-social behaviour, accidents, violence, family break-down, problems with money and work, which can impact individuals, families and communities. 


Eligibility Checklist

Who can apply?

  • Constituted voluntary or community groups

  • Registered charities

  • Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisations (SCIO)

  • Social Enterprises

  • Community Interest Companies (CIC)

  • Not-for-profit organisations

  • Statutory bodies


What can you apply for?

  • Salary costs for existing and new posts will be considered.

  • Running costs and venue hire for the expansion or development of services and activities.

  • Sessional worker costs related to new services and activities.

  • Volunteer expenses

  • Small items of equipment where these are needed to expand or develop services and activities.

  • Miscellaneous start-up costs


  • Applications from individuals

  • Applications for treatment, support or recovery programmes   

  • Activities outwith Scotland

  • Political parties or groups and campaigning organisations

  • The promotion of religious beliefs

  • Activities that are understood to be a statutory responsibility and/or seek to replace statutory sources of funding

  • Pre-existing costs that your organisation incurs as a result of your day to day activities


The deadline for applications is 12 noon on 2nd July 2020.

Please note that we cannot consider projects starting before decisions are communicated in Early September 2020




How to Apply

Please read the guidelines prior to completing the online application form.

If you have any queries please contact Jennifer McPhail on 0141 341 4964 or email

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