Short 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 as and when applications are submitted. Providers must ensure that applications are received in advance of the activity/service beginning. Retrospective applications will not be considered.

The grant round is currently active and will remain so until the funds have been allocated or alternatively the last date for applications to be received will be 31 December 2020 (date subject to change).

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

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 31 December 2020.