Drugs Services Funds

The numbers of drug-related deaths in Scotland are too high. These deaths are tragic and avoidable and reducing them is a priority for all of us. The Scottish Government is now leading a national mission to improve lives, backed by significant additional resources. There remains a lot of hard work ahead, but with extra investment in essential services, the work we do will be more secure and signals a determination to make change and no longer to fail those who need and deserve our help.

National Drug Mission Funds: Corra Foundation will be supporting the Scottish Government with their funding processes as part of the National Drug Mission. Further information is available here.


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Please read the criteria document and application guidance notes before applying

About the fund

The Local Support Fund – Micro Grants, is focused on small community-based groups which deliver frontline services to support people who use or used drugs, people in recovery and families affected by someone else’s drug use. This vital support is often delivered with very limited funding which means that small groups can be stretched to their limits. In some cases, the pandemic will have put more of a strain on finances, making it even harder to provide support for people and families when they most need it. This fund is designed to help these groups by providing grants which will offer some financial security for planning and delivering support to improve the wellbeing of both people who use drugs and their families.

About the fund

The Improvement fund will support drug service resources, with a particular focus on supporting organisations which deliver residential rehabilitation and associated services. This fund aims to support projects which provide fast and appropriate access to treatment and care, and which are based in collaborative approaches that support people by taking a rights based and whole family approach. £3million this funding is reserved for Residential Rehabilitation projects.
It is often hard for people to get the support they need to progress with treatment, so improving access and pathways to support services is also a key priority for this fund. The Improvement Fund will also fund projects that improve pathways, provide aftercare, training, and/or support for family members who often play a vital role in recovery.

About the fund

The Local Support Fund is focused on community-based organisations which deliver frontline services to support people who use drugs, people who are in recovery and their families. The Scottish Government is aware that organisations providing this vital support often exist on shoestring budgets and are stretched to their limits. In some cases, the pandemic may have pushed these budgets further. It is hoped that this extra funding can help to provide more security. This fund is intended to help these organisations to stabilise or increase capacity, extend services and provide further reach into the community.

About the fund

This fund aims to support direct work with children and families affected by alcohol and drugs.  We are seeking applications that are based on partnership approaches which demonstrate how they will take a Whole Family Approach which is Relational and Rights Based when delivering front-line services which support children and families.

The fund is open to public sector organisations, charities, social enterprises, community groups and other voluntary organisations that have independent governance and an asset lock.  The involvement of children and families with lived experience in the project proposal will be a key assessment criteria, and we are particularly interested in applications which include coproduction approaches to service design, delivery and review.

All applications under this stream must demonstrate how the proposal considers the conclusions of the Independent Care Review as they relate directly to the children and families the initiative will support. This will require demonstrating an understanding of the need for the proposal to align with implementation of the Care Review, as outlined in Plan 21-24 and Change Programme ONE and how the proposed work will relate to the national and the local context that the organisation is operating within.

Applications must also demonstrate how the work links to the Whole Family Approach Funding that Scottish Government allocated to ADPs in summer 2021.

Because this funding aims to support the work of The Promise and the Whole Family Approach Fund, we strongly encourage applicants to have conversations with their local ADP and Promise delivery team as soon as possible.

Get in touch

If you have any questions which are not covered in the FAQs, or you need further advice, please email wellbeingteam@corra.scot

Grassroots and Improvement Funding awards June 2021


Scottish Government Drugs Services Funds – Improvement Fund & Grassroots Fund

Improvement Fund – Awards

Organisation Name Local Authority (primary) Amount Awarded What will the funding do
Homelessness Support Service Angus Health & Social Care Partnership Angus £33,555 Support for people at risk of homelessness
Aberdeen City Council Aberdeen City £52,310 Support for young people in care at risk of drug/alcohol harm
Moving On (Inverclyde) Ltd Inverclyde £21,470 Counselling for people in recovery
AdvoCard Edinburgh City £31,753 Support for people in recovery
Dundee Volunteer and Voluntary Action Lochee Community Hub Dundee City £40,093 Improved advice and support. wraparound service
Aberdeen in Recovery (AiR) Aberdeen City £50,000 Peer mentorship provision
MELD East Lothian £36,000 Expansion of telephone support service
Simon Community Scotland Glasgow City £80,000 Training for homeless women
Glasgow Council on Alcohol Glasgow City £79,952 Improved support following rehab.
Scottish Drugs Forum Glasgow City £99,803 Training for Addiction Workers
Elevate Glasgow Glasgow City £90,000 Employability and training support after detox.
Haven Kilmacolm Inverclyde £30,833 Increased detox provision
North Ayrshire Health & Social Care Partnership North Ayrshire £49,147 Improved peer support for children and young people
Relationships Scotland Orkney Orkney Islands £32,052 Intensive support for individuals and families.
Hamilton Citizens Advice Bureau South Lanarkshire £71,943 Advice and welfare support
Faces and Voices of Recovery UK


Scotland-wide £59,366 Peer-led advocacy support
Lothians and Edinburgh Abstinence Programme (LEAP) Edinburgh City £5,000 Additional training for peer volunteers.



Grassroots Fund – Awards


Organisation Name  Local Authority (primary) Amount Recommended What will the funding do
Making Dundee Home (Dundee West Church) Dundee City £19,321 Support for people in recovery
Patchwork Recovery Community East Ayrshire £20,000 Support for people in recovery
East Ayrshire Churches Homelessness Action East Ayrshire £15,830 Support for people who are homeless
Group Recovery Aftercare Community Enterprise East Dunbartonshire £24,000 Increased support for people in recovery
Restoration Fife Fife £30,000 Social activities for people in recovery
Glasgow East Alcohol Awareness Project Glasgow City £30,000 Support for people in recovery
Onside Ayrshire North Ayrshire £26,380 Support for people in recovery
Youth Interventions Renfrewshire £35,985 Therapeutic support for young people.
RCA Trust Renfrewshire £18,000 Therapeutic support for people in recovery and their families
Medics Against Violence Scotland-wide £37,256 Improved support at a crisis point
Broken Chains South Ayrshire £27,600 Increasing support for people with drug use problems.
New Way Argyll & Bute £50,000 support for volunteer befrienders
Independent Living Support Dumfries & Galloway £25,736 Outreach
The Reconnection Project Dundee City £25,175 Improved recovery support
Recovery Enterprises Scotland CIC East Ayrshire £46,288 Support for families
Steps to Hope SCIO Edinburgh City £50,000 Support for people with addictions.
Clued Up Project Fife £48,321 Intervention and support for young people at risk
In Cahootz Glasgow City £49,555 Support for people in recovery
Hope Connections Glasgow City £28,500 Support for men and women with addiction challenges
Govanhill Family Support Group (Against Abuse – Drugs & Alcohol) Glasgow City £10,000 Respite holidays for families.
Belville Community Garden Trust Inverclyde £26,542 Skills development for people in recovery.
Teen Challenge Strathclyde Inverclyde £10,000 Outreach work
UK SMART Recovery Scotland-wide £45,590 Development of SMART groups for veterans
Scottish Recovery Consortium Scotland-wide £48,000 Improved knowledge for people working in Recovery