Funding to improve support for people affected by alcohol and drug use

By 8th October 2019 October 18th, 2019 Challenge Fund, Grant Activity, News

The second round of the Scottish Government Challenge Fund, administered by Corra Foundation, is now open to applications from Alcohol and Drug Partnerships and Integrated Authorities, working with partners to explore new ways of working.

The fund will support preventative approaches to harm caused by alcohol and drugs. It will aim to break down the barriers that get in the way of people accessing support so that they get the right support at the right time.

The fund reflects the rights based approach set out in Scotland’s strategy (Rights, respect and recovery) to improve health by preventing and reducing alcohol and drug use, harm and related deaths. As part of this, proposals to the fund will be reviewed by a panel of people with lived experience of alcohol or drug use, with their expertise informing final funding decisions.

Minister for Public Health, Sport and Wellbeing, Joe Fitzpatrick said:

“The Scottish Government’s ‘Rights, respect and recovery’ strategy sets out our approach to addressing alcohol and drug harms. The Challenge Fund is one of a range of actions which reflect our commitment to making this strategy a reality.

“The fund will support people to work together to understand what stops people from accessing the help they need when they need it, and to make lasting changes to systems to break down these barriers.  

“Ultimately, this fund is about giving people the support they need to lead a healthy lifestyle, free from the harms of alcohol and drugs.”   

Interested partners, Alcohol and Drugs Partnerships and Integrated Authorities are invited to the Challenge Fund event on Monday 21 October. This will be an opportunity to exchange ideas and receive peer feedback on potential proposals for those committed to eradicating barriers to alcohol and drug support. Speakers include Professor Catriona Matheson, Chair of the Drug Death Taskforce. To find out more and to register to attend please visit

For more information about the Challenge Fund please visit

For further information please contact: Shelley Gray (Head of External Relations) on 0131 444 4020/07816 509 772 or

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