Short Breaks for Disabled Children Exception Fund 2019-2021Short Breaks for Disabled Children Exception Fund 2019-2021

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 will:

  • Give parents or full-time carers an opportunity to have a 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 of young person can join a club or recreational activity in their community

Who are short breaks for?

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

  • Have a disability and/or additional need 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 the s/he has a disability and/or additional needs and may require support to access activities.

Exception Fund

Where activities do not fall within the identified Short Break activity priorities, providers may apply to the exceptions fund. Providers will need to evidence demand via an application from and include the following key information:

  1. What the service/proposed activity is, including full details of what will be delivered
  2. The number and age of the children and/or young people who will benefit
  3. Where the service/activity will take place i.e. venue and district location
  4. The costs associated with the service/activity including other sources of income received or being sought
  5. Why the service/activity should be considered for funding outside of the identified Short Break Activity priorities – what makes it an exception?

Applications will be considered by a panel based approximately on the table below (subject to date changes). Providers must ensure that applications are received in advance of the activity/service beginning. Retrospective applications will not be considered.

Approximate Grant Panel Dates below (subject to change):

 Application to be received by: Panel date Decision date
 6 June 2019 11 June 2019 10 July 2019
 20 November 2019 25 November 2019 13 January 2020
 20 March 2020 25 March 2020 6 May 2020
 31 July 2020 5 August 2020 17 September 2020
 20 November 2020 25 November 2020 14 January 2021

When and How to Apply

All application’s must be made via In-Tend, the Council’s procurement system. The portal will be open for a period of 18 months opening on the Thursday 09 May 2019 and closing at 12 noon on 20 November 2020.