Short breaks for Disabled Children - 2019-2021 Funding

Provision of Short Breaks for carers of disabled children is a statutory duty since April 2011 under The Breaks for Carers Regulations 2011.

The Hampshire County Council Short Breaks programme

The Hampshire County Council Short Breaks programme will:

  • give parents or full-time carers an opportunity to have a short break from caring to take part in training, leisure activities, day-to-day tasks, or education
  • enable children and young people with disabilities and/or additional needs to join in with safe, fun and interesting activities

Short Breaks come in all shapes and sizes, lasting from a few hours to a day or an evening, and provide a positive experience for all. They could:

  • be a fun short break activity just for your child
  • include additional support so that an individual child or young person can join a club or recreational activity in their community
Who are short breaks for?

The grant is for activity providers who support disabled children and young people who:

  • Have a disability and/or additional needs that mean they require support to participate in leisure and recreation activities
  • Are aged between 0 to 17 years
  • Live in the Hampshire County Council area
  • Have a Gateway Card which identifies that s/he has a disability and/or additional needs and may require support to access activities.


Parent and carer feedback has evidenced the following activities as priorities for Short Break grant funding. Please note funding will therefore be prioritised for applications that meet one or more of these priorities:

  1. Holiday Activities – a club/activity that takes place during the school holidays; February half-term, Easter, May half-term, Summer Holidays, October half-term and Christmas. Parents have indicated that these clubs are most beneficial when lasting up to 6hrs and that Summer Holidays were the most important to them.
  2. Weekend Activities – a club/activity that takes place on a weekend, these may be term time only or run throughout the year. They may be weekly, fortnightly or monthly and parents have again indicated that these clubs are most beneficial when lasting up to 6hrs.
  3. Youth Clubs – a club that generally takes place on a week day evening for young people aged between 12-17yrs, these may be weekly, fortnightly or monthly. Parents have indicated that these clubs are most beneficial when lasting up to 2hrs and either running during term-time only or throughout the whole year.


Following stakeholder engagement, the specification table identifies which activities are desired in which area.

When and How to Apply

All applications must be made via In-Tend, the Council’s procurement system. The portal will be open for a period of 5 weeks opening on Thursday 9 May 12noon and closing at 12noon on Thursday 6 June 2019.

Short Break Activity Grants will be funded for a period of 18 months 01 October 2019 – 31 March 2021. Funding will be prioritised for activities:

1) Holiday Activities
2) Weekend Activities
3) Youth Clubs Activities

Funding applications for activities not listed in the priorities may be considered via the Exceptions Fund. This will be dependent on evidence of need and availability of funding.

Please note that there will only be one opportunity to bid for funding for this 18 month grant period.

*If your application will not fit into a specified district then please use the All of Hampshire application – if you have any queries about what district(s) you should be applying to then please contact the team on 01962 846399 or

What we can’t fund
  • Young people who live outside of the Hampshire County Council area
  • Young people aged 18 years and over
  • Activities where parents/carers are required to stay
  • Swimming lessons
  • After school clubs

Changes to Short Break Activities Funding for After School Clubs

Further to the public consultation on reshaping Short Break Activities in Spring 2018, the Executive Lead Member for Children’s Services approved in July 2018 the recommendation to commission Short Breaks activities on the basis of priorities set by key stakeholders including parents/carers.

Further detailed engagement with key stakeholders, including parents and carers, has been undertaken and full details are available in the Short Breaks Activities commissioning report which was approved at the Executive Lead Member for Children’s Services decision day on 08 May 2019.

Exception Fund:

Where activities do not fall within the identified Short Break activity priorities providers may seek approval for funding from the Exceptions Fund.


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