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

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.

When and How to Apply

Applications for grant of £5,000 and above must be made via the Council’s procurement system.

The portal will be open for a period of 8 weeks: dates are yet to be confirmed please check back on this webpage in the Summer Term.

Guidance on completing a grant application using the In-Tend system

Under £5000 Grants and Support for Individual Grants

Below are the proposed dates for the grant panel to discuss and award funding for Short Breaks grant applications. Please also note that the grant application process will be closed for a week prior to the panel date to ensure that the team has ample time to prepare for the panel and collate all the necessary information from Providers.

Application Deadline (grant application will not be accessible from this date onwards) Grant Panel Date Grant applications re-open for next round of grant funding
09 March 2018 20  March 2018 21 March 2018
18 June 2018 26 June 2018 27 June 2018
01 October 2018 09 October 2018 10 October 2018
07 January 2019 15 January 2019 16 January 2019

Please also note that there is a £4999.99 limit on any Support For Individuals and Under £5K grant, this means that applications that total more than this over the financial year will not be supported. For example if you are submitting multiple applications over the year then they must not total more than £4999.99.

If you are likely to be submitting multiple applications throughout the year then please where applicable consider putting the whole years grant funding into one application. The team will also not be able to consider retrospective funding so please make sure that all applications are submitted in a timely manner.

Please remember to include the following information; otherwise this will delay the approval/payment of your grant:

  • Dates, times and venues  for all activities which be taking place
  • The number of young people who will be participating / or anticipated number of young people attending
  • Gateway Card numbers – for support for individual applications
  • The amount the parent will be paying for the activity – this is still important even if you are just requesting funding for the additional support.

The Short Breaks Team are always available to offer guidance on possible funding applications so please do give us a ring or drop us an email.

Apply for a Under £5000 or Support For Individual’s Grant


Action Hampshire has written a briefing note on sustainability – we strongly recommend this document is read, prior to submitting your application.
Short Breaks Sustainability Guidance

Further information

Contact the Contracts & Grants Team

Phone 01962 846399


Apply for an Under £5,000 (£4,999.99) or Support for Individuals grant

If you apply for more than one project at a time, you will need to include two supplementary question forms:

Additional information

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.