Short Breaks fund for disabled children, young people and their families

Application deadline:  12 noon, Wednesday 1st February 2012

The Scottish Government has made a short break fund of £2million available for short breaks for disabled children and young people and their families and carers. The aim of the fund is to improve the provision of, and access to, quality short breaks for disabled children and their families, especially where children and young people have multiple support needs.

The new funding is divided between two grant-making programmes – one administered by Shared Care Scotland and the other by the Family Fund.

The new Shared Care Scotland programme is called Better Breaks and has a value of up to £1.3million. Better Breaks represents a unique opportunity for third sector organisations in Scotland to apply for grants of up to £50,000 to develop additional, responsive and creative short break opportunities for disabled children and young people and their families. More information on the fund and how to apply can be found by clicking here.  The closing date for applications is 1st February 2012 at 12.00 noon. Grants to successful proposals will start in April 2012.

Shared Care Scotland is hosting a number of application workshops to share good practice from our previous and current grant programmes and to support organisations to develop successful applications to Better Breaks.

Details about the workshops and the application packs and guidance notes for Better Breaks are available from Shared Care Scotland’s website. Applicants are encouraged to  book a workshop place promptly as places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

The Family Fund programme is called Take a Break. Eligible families in Scotland caring for disabled children and young people can apply directly to the Fund for a Take a Break grant to fund a short break. More information on this fund can be found at

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