Four separate funds - worth a total of £18 million - to support improvements to drugs services have now opened for applications from organisations such as North Ayrshire Alcohol and Drugs Partnership.
These resources are from the additional £250 million announced by the First Minister to tackle the drug deaths emergency over the next five years.
Applications are open to not-for-profit organisations working in the drugs sector, including integration authorities, alcohol and drug partnerships, third sector organisations and grassroots/community organisations. Each scheme will run for five years, and multi-year funding will be available with grants awarded on a rolling basis. The funds are:
£5 million Local Support Fund (previously referred to as a Communities Fund) to increase capacity in community and third sector organisations;
£5 million Improvement Fund to improve outreach services, treatment, rehabilitation and aftercare, with dedicated support for women;
£3 million Families and Children Fund to support children, young people and families affected by drug use; and
£5 million Recovery Fund for additional residential rehabilitation capacity.
Minister for Drugs Policy Angela Constance MSP said:
“These four funds will support the development of consistent treatment standards across Scotland and ensure more people access services that reduce harm, provide treatment and ultimately save their lives.
“We have said a national mission is needed to tackle the drug deaths emergency and will improve and increase services for people affected by drug addiction.”
Kenneth Gibson MSP added:
“This welcome funding is part of the £250 million the SNP Government is investing over the next five years to support a range of community-based interventions, including primary prevention, and an expansion of residential rehabilitation.
“This investment will support outreach services in every local authority; fully implement the new Medication Assisted Treatment Standards over the next year, ensuring crucial same day treatment or same day prescribing for those who need it; and result in a move to a five-year funding cycle for eligible third sector and grassroots organisations at the forefront of saving lives.
“I know organisations in North Ayrshire will attract as much funding as possible to help with the life changing and life-saving services they provide.”
Information for organisations who wish to apply can be found here.