New fund to support families affected by alcohol or drugs launched

By March 9, 2018

The Scottish Government Substance Misuse Unit, in conjunction with partners Corra Foundation and Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs (SFAD) are delighted to announce a new small grants fund which aims to support families affected by alcohol or drugs.

The Family Recovery Initiative Fund (FRIF) offers small grants to groups supporting families affected by alcohol and drugs in Scotland. The Fund offers one-off grants of up to £1,500 and is open to groups (family support groups, carers groups) or people thinking of setting up a group which aims to support families who are affected by alcohol or drugs.  FRIF funding has been supplied by the Scottish Government Substance Misuse Unit and will be administered by Corra Foundation with support from Scottish Families.

There are at least 134,000 adults in Scotland significantly affected by problematic drug use in their family (UKDPC Families of Drug Users 2009). Family members report feeling isolated, stressed, stigmatised and guilty. The fund aims to help improve outcomes for those whose loved ones have alcohol or drug issues by providing one-off grants to support things like setting up new family support groups, or ongoing running costs such as room hire and training to develop existing groups.

Aileen Campbell, Minister for Public Health and Sport said:

“Families play an integral role in making recovery a reality for people affected by alcohol or drug use and it is important to ensure that family members are also well supported.  This new fund is an excellent opportunity to help build support networks and local groups that will help family members affected by substance use to access the help they need to support their own wellbeing”.

For further information on the Family Recovery Initiative Fund, or to make an application, please contact Scottish Families: telephone: 0141 465 7523 or email