“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”

Aileen Campbell, Minister for Public Health and Sport, March 2018


The Family Recovery Initiative Fund



The Family Recovery Initiative Fund can offer one-off grants of up to £1500 to groups that support families affected by alcohol and drugs in Scotland. The Fund is open to existing groups and to people thinking of setting up a new group.

The aim of the Family Recovery Initiative Fund is to improve the wellbeing of family members affected by someone else’s substance misuse. Wellbeing is improved by social inclusion, because people connect with other people, can participate in group activities, and can access support. The Family Recovery Initiative Fund is funded by the Scottish Government Substance Misuse Unit. It will be administered by Corra Foundation with support from Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs (SFAD).


What can the funding support?

The Family Recovery Initiative Fund can support a variety of activities. Here are some examples:

Set up costs

To cover the set-up costs for a new family support group.

Running costs

To assist with group running costs such as room hire, heating and lighting.     


To pay for training relevant to setting up and running a support group.


To meet the cost of organising family support group events.


To raise awareness of your group and its activities.



To enable group members to travel to events locally or nationally.


To fund activity costs such as paying people to run group sessions.


To link with other groups and share ideas locally and nationally.

PLEASE NOTE: This fund is not intended to support individual family members

For even more ideas have a look at this Scottish Families ideas map



To apply to the fund your group will need:

  • 2 or more individuals who have an aspiration to change the lives of people who are affected by someone else’s substance misuse.
  • An organisational bank account.
  • An annual income of less than £50,000.
  • This fund is specifically aimed at groups offering support for families.
  • The fund welcomes applications from all communities and all areas of Scotland.

If you are an un-constituted group, or you are thinking of starting a new group, and you do not yet have an organisational bank account, you may be able to apply with the help of a partner organisation. Un-constituted groups will also need an email or letter from your local Alcohol and Drugs Partnership (ADP) Lead Officer acknowledging that your group is making an application.  

ADP contacts list: http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Health/Services/Alcohol/treatment/ADPcontactlist.  

Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs (SFAD) are available to offer support and guidance to anyone who is interested in applying to this Fund. If you would like to talk about your idea, need help finding a partner, or have any other questions please contact Susie McClue, Connecting Families Development Officer, on 0141 465 7524.


What to do next:

If you are interested in applying for a grant from the Family Recovery Initiative Fund, the first step is to conact Susie McClue at Scottish Families to discuss your idea - 0141 465 7524. Please contact the main office 0141 465 7523 if Susie is unavailable.


Application Deadlines


Round 1: 29th March
Round 2: 30th April
Round 3: 31st May
Round 4: 30th June

Decisions on funding will be made within 4 weeks of each funding deadline.


When ready, you can complete the application form below and email

it to rif@corra.scot


Application Form (doc)

Application Form (PDF)