Following the creation of the Drug Deaths Taskforce (DDTF), the First Minister announced in her 2019 Programme for Government that there would be additional funding made available to the group to “Support innovative projects, test new approaches and drive forward specific work to improve the quality of services”.

This commitment meant that the DDTF had £9 million to invest in 2020/21 and £5 million in 2021/22.  It was decided that the £9 million allocated in 2020/21 would be split as follows:

  • £3 million would be allocated to Scotland’s Alcohol and Drug Partnerships;
  • £1 million would be allocated to a specific research programme, and
  • £5 million would be allocated to the DDTF and its sub-groups for an Innovation and National Developments funding programme;

Alcohol and Drug Partnerships (ADP)

In total £3 million worth of funding was distributed to Scotland’s network of Alcohol and Drug Partnerships (ADP) in August/September 2020, following an application process to describe how they would use this money to specifically address gaps in delivering the six evidence-based strategies set out by the Drug Deaths Taskforce.

A breakdown of funding allocation by ADP area is available here

Research Programme

Scottish Government analysts led on a research call seeking research proposals to contribute to the evidence base on interventions to reduce drug-related deaths and overdose, the experience of people who are most at risk and the services which support them. 

This call was issued in April 2020 with applications requested by 8 June. An assessment panel then met to go through the received bids and decide on successful applicants. The assessment panel met on 30 June and successful applicants were informed shortly after. 

Details of those research programmes which have been funded through this allocation can be found here.


Innovation and National Development Fund

This fund is open only to applications which have been sponsored or supported by members of the DDTF and its sub-groups and which would allow for testing of innovative or immediate national responses to reduce drug related deaths.

The fund is being administered on behalf of the DDTF by the Corra Foundation who are working with the Scottish Government Secretariat team to deliver it. Corra produced an application form for this fund, along with guidance notes and made those available to anyone who had a proposal supported by one of the sub-groups.

This is a rolling grant programme with a closing date each month and a one-month turn-around time for assessments. Since the fund has launched there have been 5 rounds with a number of successful bids.

A list of projects funded to date can be found here.

Details on the further successful applications  will be added to this page once applicants have been informed.


Other areas of funding

The Taskforce have also supported and funded naloxone projects being taken forward by Police Scotland (£92,000 in 2020/21) and Scottish Ambulance Service (£137,874 in 2020/21).

Further announcements about both of these projects will be coming shortly  and will be published here on the Taskforce website.