Short breaks funding
Children and young people with disabilities or additional needs may need extra help to take part in activities that provide a short break to parents or carers. Grants are available for organisations to help them provide short break activities.
- Short breaks for disabled children grants (includes 'Inspiring You' grants)
Short breaks for disabled children grants are for organisations who provide any type of short breaks activities for children and young people with disabilities or additional needs, including:
- out of school hours activities
- play schemes
- youth clubs
The types of organisation that can apply include:
- specialist providers of services for children with disabilities
- providers of activities for all children who want to include children with disabilities and additional needs
Activities can be a series of sessions, such as a weekly sports coaching session for 10 weeks, or a one-off event aimed at raising awareness of provision or services.
Grants of less than £5,000
Grants for activities taking place between 1 April 2017 and 31 March 2018: open for applications throughout the year.
Applications for 2018-19 are open from 31 July 2017. You can apply for these grants throughout the year.
Grants of £5,000 and above
For activities taking place between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019: applications are open from 31 July 2017 and close on 25 September 2017 at 2pm.
- Support for Individuals grants
Activity providers can apply for a Support for Individuals grant to help them include individuals with disabilities or additional needs in mainstream activities.
Examples include support that enables a child to join an after-school sports club at a leisure centre, or their local Brownies/Cub Scouts.
The maximum grant is £5,000.
The children you are applying for will need to have a Gateway Card. The card number should be included in the application form.
Applications for 2018-19 are open from 31 July 2017. You can apply for these grants throughout the year. Applications are reviewed usually on a fortnightly basis throughout the year.
- Further information
Contact the Contracts & Grants Team
Phone 01962 846399
- Apply for a grant
Applying for a Short Breaks for Disabled Children grant
If you apply for more than one project at a time, you will need to include two supplementary question forms:
- Supplementary questions form (questions 8b and 9)
- Financial supplementary questions form (question 12)
Applying for a Support for Individuals grant
If you are a childcare provider such as a child minder, nursery or pre-school, discuss the individual child or young person's needs with your local Area Inclusion Coordinator before applying. More information about this service can be found at the Inclusion Coordinator website or phone 01962 847070.