In 2020/21 funding of £9 million will support the work of the Drug Deaths Taskforce. In 2021/22 this will be £5 million. Funding is allocated via three strands:
An Emergency Response Fund that local areas applied to in May/June 2020 to support the delivery of the 6 evidence based strategic areas.
The Taskforce Research Fund is a non-recurring fund to fill identified gaps in evidence. An independent panel including lived experience, academics, and some Task Force members review applications.
A list of projects which have been approved for funding is available here.
In total £3m funding across 2020/21 was distributed to Scotland’s network of Alcohol and Drug Partnerships in September 2020 following an application process to describe how they would use funds in line with the 6 strategies. A breakdown of allocation by project and ADP is available here.
The Taskforce Innovation Fund supports initiatives which come through the Taskforce, its sub-groups and reference groups.
Applications for innovation tests of change can be made to this fund through sub-groups. This is administered via Corra who convene a panel including some Task Force members, people with lived experience and the Corra team to review applications monthly (funds reviewed 3 monthly). A quality improvement approach is recommended so that we can learn from projects as they are put into action.