The Family Recovery Initiative Fund


The Family Recovery Initiative Fund offers one-off grants of up to £1500 to groups that support families affected by alcohol and drugs in Scotland. The Fund is designed to support independent groups led by family/ community members and is particularly keen to encourage applications from people wishing to set up a new group. The Fund also accepts applications from existing groups.

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 is 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.

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


What difference has it made?

The Family Recovery Initiative Fund opened on 7th March 2018 and to date has received over 80 enquiries and over 60 applications from family groups from 25 different Alcohol and Drug Partnership areas in Scotland.  To date, the fund has awarded a total of £63,352 to 45 different groups.

“Looking forward to launching Flourish in Ardrossan in the New Year. We are offering support for families affected by addiction and mental health issues in the area. We are currently checking out suitable premises and have recently completed the CRAFT training so will be offering this help also. Excited to see what 2019 brings and very grateful to have found SFAD and all the help they have provided. Bring it on!” 

Live in Ardrossan or the surrounding area?  Interested in finding out more about this group?  Get in touch with Scottish Families to find out more.

“We received £1500 funding from the FRIF in September 2018 to develop a community wellbeing café in Forfar following the success of the Well Bean Café that had been established in Montrose in 2015.  We had a very successful launch on 23 October 2018 where around 80 community members, people with lived experience and professionals came together for lunch and music provided by a local recovery group RecoverTay.   Following this, the café has operated every Tuesday lunchtime with growing numbers every week.  The most recent count saw 26 community members and 10 staff and volunteers visiting the café.  The café provides a safe and welcoming, family-friendly space for anyone in the community and promotes health and wellbeing. ”

This café takes place every Tuesday 12-2pm at St John’s Church Hall, 75 East High Street (access via Green Street) in Forfar.

“When we heard about the fund we enquired because we wanted to stage a remembrance service this year as we haven’t been able to have one for four years, we were delighted to be successful and have already got a plan in action, working alongside other members of the Bereavement Group.

We believe in family recovery as we need to stick together and raise awareness and keep up the ongoing connections we have developed over the years.  As family members, we have the right to our families being recognised as stakeholders in the recovery journey and be involved in our families’ recovery pathway where appropriate and be free from the stigma we experience within our communities.”

Family member and applicant to the Family Recovery Initiative Fund


The deadlines for the next rounds are:

  • The Family Recovery Initiative Fund is currently not taking applications. We’ll update this page when we have further information.

If you have had funding from FRIF previously, please get in touch if you would like to apply for funding for a different project/proposal.

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

Download Application Form

FRIF Application Form

We use cookies. By browsing our site you agree to our use of cookies.