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SWA doubles support to projects combatting alcohol misuse

Published:  05 April, 2019

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has announced it will to double its support to projects that work to combat alcohol misuse to £1 million

The industry body said it was extending its Scotch Whisky Action Fund (SWAF), which was set up in December 2013 to provide £100,000 annually to projects working to reduce alcohol-related harm in Scotland, to at least 2023.

This amounts to £1 million of funding over 10 years, it said.

“In the five years since its inception, the SWAF has supported a range of projects across Scotland. These projects have been delivered through partner organisations, and have had a tremendously positive impact,” said SWA chief executive Karen Betts.

In its 2019 funding round, the SWAF was keen to support innovative projects testing test new approaches to tackling alcohol misuse and its impact, she added.

The SWAF, which is just one element of the Scotch Whisky industry’s commitment to addressing alcohol misuse and promoting responsible drinking, is managed by Foundation Scotland, an independent charity.

Awards of up to £25,000 per project for a one year period can be made through the Fund, with projects securing funding which can demonstrate an impact able to receive a further funding of up to £25,000 per annum to support their initiative.

The Fund supports projects for a maximum of three years.