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Graeme Encourages Applications for Share of £18m

Graeme has encouraged Angus organisations on the frontline of the drugs emergency to apply for new funding announced by the Scottish Government.

Four separate funds to support improvements to drugs services – worth a total of £18 million – are open for applications.

Coming from the additional £250 million announced by the First Minister to tackle drug deaths over the next five years, applications are open to not-for-profit organisations working in the drugs sector.

These include Integration Authorities, Alcohol & 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:

  • a £5 million Local Support Fund (previously referred to as a Communities Fund) to increase capacity in community and third sector organisations
  • a £5 million Improvement Fund to improve outreach services, treatment, rehabilitation and aftercare – with dedicated support for women
  • a £3 million Families and Children Fund to support children, young people and families affected by drug use
  • a £5 million Recovery Fund for additional residential rehabilitation capacity

Commenting, Graeme said:

The First Minister has been clear that we need a national mission to tackle this issue.

The additional £250 million funding over the course of this Parliament is making this a reality – including this £18m to make more resources available to community and third sector organisations.

The Scottish Government is absolutely determined to make this right by improving and increasing services for those affected by drug addiction.

The four funds announced will support the development of consistent treatment standards and ensure better access nationwide, and I would encourage applications from those organisations helping to save lives here in Angus.

National drugs mission funds: guidance