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National drugs mission funds: guidance

Published: 28 May 2021

Information and guidance for the National Drugs Mission Funds to reduce drug related deaths and harms.

Published:
28 May 2021
National drugs mission funds: guidance

The First Minister announced a new national mission to reduce drug related deaths and harms in January 2021. This is supported by an investment of £50 million per year for the next five years. We are making £18 million of this available through four funds. These funds will be available for this year, and the next four years. Therefore, multi-year applications are welcome. 

These are:

  • Service Improvement Fund: £5 million has been allocated to continue the Improvement Fund, launched earlier this year. To provide improved services for outreach, treatment, rehabilitation and after care
  • Local Support Fund: £5 million has been allocated to continue the Grassroots Fund, launched earlier this year. To provide access to funding for a wide range of communities and grassroots organisations which support the aims of the national mission
  • Recovery Fund: £5 million has been allocated to support access to residential rehabilitation by providing additional residential rehabilitation capacity, support people to access residential rehabilitation and support people after they leave residential rehabilitation
  • Children and Families Fund: £3 million has been allocated to improve support for children, young people and families impacted by drug use, and ensure all children, young people and families have access to services

These funds are accessible by not-for-profit organisations working in the drugs sector, including Integration Authorites, Alcohol and Drug Partnerships, third sector organisations and grassroots/community organisations. Multi-year funding is available, and applications will be accepted and grants awarded on a rolling basis.

There are several pathways to accessing these funds depending on the size and type of organisation, the amount of funding requested and the details of the funding proposal. In the first instance, organisations should email a short expression of interest to drugsmissiondeliveryteam@gov.scot. We will then respond with information on the most appropriate pathway for your organisation. 

Expressions of interest should include:

  • short background of your organisation, including links to more information where available
  • brief summary of the project you are seeking funding for and its intended outcomes
  • approximate amount of funding you are seeking and for how many years, broken down per year 
  • a named contact with contact information if further details are required 
  • your organisations annual turnover

This information will allow us to triage your project and advise on the most appropriate pathway for your organisation to access funding. We aim to respond to all expressions of interest within three weeks. 

Applicants to the Improvement and Grassroots Funds which closed in March 2021

If you have already made an application to these funds and were advised that your application was being considered for the new round of funding, you will receive notification of whether your application has been successful in the coming weeks. 

Small organisations with an annual turnover of less than £50,000

In recognition that the Grassroots Fund, which closed earlier this year, was not as accessible to very small organisations we have expedited access to grants of £10,000 or less to organisations with an annual turnover of less than £50,000. This is funded from the Local Support Fund and is administered by the CORRA Foundation. Please see their website for further information and application guidance. 

Access to residential rehabilitation

The Recovery Fund will support individuals who want to keep their tenancies whilst in rehab services which are funded by social security payments. Funds will be made available to local authorities to ensure that when an individual accesses rehabilitation their housing payments on their core residence do not stop for the time that they are in treatment. Guidance on this will be shared with local authorities and rehabilitation providers. In the meantime, providers and/or local authorities who are aware of an individual facing this barrier should email drugsmissiondeliveryteam@gov.scot with Housing Benefit Request in the subject line. We will respond to you as soon as possible.