Substance Misuse Challenge Fund


On behalf of the Scottish Government, Corra Foundation administers the Substance Misuse Challenge Fund. The fund intends to provide a space to re-think the system (or parts of the system), test change and implement new ways of working.  It aims to encourage breaking down of barriers for people accessing services for support with their alcohol and/or drug use, and to make sure they can receive the right support at the right time.

The Challenge Fund provides an opportunity for Integrated Authorities (IAs) and/or Alcohol and Drug Partnerships (ADPs) and their partners to bid for money to test or implement change.

The fund is designed to support activities and approaches that contribute to making systemic changes to support people who use alcohol and drugs.  This fund is in two categories, “Getting ready for Change” and “Implementing Change”.

The first round of the fund closed to application in February 2019 and 25 grants went to organisations including charities, Alcohol and Drug Partnerships and Health Boards across Scotland. Together, these grants totalled over £1.3million. Each of the projects funded addressed one of five priority areas for the Challenge Fund. These are listed below.

    1.  Improved clinical pathways
    2.  Stepped care (right support at the right time)
    3.  Whole family approaches
    4.  New approaches to alcohol related harm
    5.  New early support that is tailored to changing patterns in young people’s drug and alcohol use

There will be a second round of the Challenge Fund. This will open for applications later this year. At this time, this page will be updated and guidance documents and a link to the online application form will be made available.

Those interested in applying are advised to contact Matthew Gilbert-Straw to note their interest and have an initial conversation. He can be reached on Matthew@Corra.Scot


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