Open for applications from third sector organisations operating in Scotland.
The purpose of the Creative Breaks Programme is to fund developments in short break opportunities for carers of adults with care needs, young carers and young adult carers. It aims to improve the range, choice and availability of short breaks so that carers and the people they care for have a better quality of life, and feel better supported in their caring relationship.
Creative Breaks is part of the Short Breaks Fund, fully funded by Scottish Government. The last round of the Creative Breaks programme distributed almost £1m of grants to third sector organisations for the provision of breaks. You can see what projects were funded by clicking here.
There are three different application forms, please take a minute to consider which is the one that you require.
NB: If you are applying for Time to Live funding please also download Time to Live Fund Calculation.
The closing date for applications is at Noon on Friday the 20th May 2016
What do we want to fund?
We want to fund projects that can make a difference to carers of adults, carers of older people, young carers and young adult carers.
The Creative Breaks Programme funds two strands of activity: the Short Break Services strand and the Time to Live strand. Each strand is worth around 50% of the total fund.
You can apply for a grant either to develop short break services or for funding to establish or continue your own small grant scheme for carers so that carers can then pay for the short break that’s right for them.
Our maximum grant is £50,000 for one year. The average grant is £23,000. Successful applications will receive their grant in September 2016
These are some examples of the types of projects that we are particularly keen to fund. Proposals that align with these will attract extra marks at assessment.
- Projects that pilot new ways of personalising short breaks and / or re-design services to align with personalisation
- Projects that give young adults with disabilities the chance to build social networks, develop their skills and confidence and reduce their dependence on family carers
- Projects which are proactive in reaching less visible and under-served carers such as BME carers and carers from the Gypsy / Traveller communities
- Projects that will reach carers and the people they care for in remote and rural areas; and projects that will reach carers living in areas of multiple deprivation
- Projects that make the most of, and reduce barriers to, mainstream services
Who can apply?
The fund is available to third sector organisations operating in Scotland. Your organisation does not need to be registered with OSCR but it must have charitable objectives and your constitution must be able to pass the charity test. We welcome partnership applications as well as applications from individual organisations.
Statutory organisations such as local authority departments can be partners in an application but cannot be the lead applicant.
Can we help you?
We want your application to succeed! Here’s how we can help:
- Download and read our Creative Breaks Guidance 2016
- Check our FAQ page
- Come along to one of our free workshops to learn how to make the most of your application (and have a networking lunch as well)
- Get some one-to-one time with our grants manager at the workshop
- Have a chat with us by phone on one of our phone-in days
We are holding free workshops in Edinburgh and Glasgow. Go to our Events page for full details on dates and venues and to reserve a place.
To speak to the Short Break Fund Manager about your application please call on one of our phone-in days.
- Monday 18th April
- Wednesday 20th April
- Thursday 21st April
- Monday 25th April
Want to know more?
The evaluations provided by the projects in the last round of funding are all available on the Short Break Stories website.
Click here to see all projects that have received funding through previous rounds of the Short Breaks Fund.
About the Short Breaks Fund
We know that having a short break can make an enormous difference to carers and the people they care for by providing the space to rest, to be themselves, to pursue a hobby, catch up with friends or just relax and recharge. For some people a short break is something they enjoy having together, and for others it is enjoying quality time apart. In particular, we are keen for this fund to be an opportunity to pilot different approaches to the development of personalised short breaks or to embed existing good practice, to support the redesign of services and to stimulate the exchange of good practice.
The Short Breaks Fund, including the Creative Breaks programme, is managed by the National Carer Organisations through Shared Care Scotland, on behalf of Scottish Ministers. The Short Breaks Fund also incorporates the Better Breaks Programme which was launched in November 2011 and provides funding to improve the range and availability for short breaks for disabled children and their families.
10 Top Tips for funding applications
More organisations are applying for grants than ever before and so you are likely to be competing against many other worthy causes. Here are some tips to give your application the best chance of success…
- Invest time researching potential funding organisations, their aims and key target groups. Read their grant-making criteria thoroughly before starting the application process. Contact the organisation if you are uncertain
- Make sure you can clearly link your proposals to their grant criteria. When writing your application take care to ensure you address each criteria specifically
- Wherever possible provide original evidence that your proposal will meet an identified need. Try and use locally produced evidence rather than rely solely on national trends and statistics
- Explain simply & clearly what you want to achieve and how, and be realistic. State your outcomes (the difference your project will make) and outputs (the actions you will take to achieve your outcomes.) Explain how you will measure success
- Where appropriate, show how your outcomes connect to the delivery of national or local strategies. This is very important if you are applying for government money
- Make sure you allow yourself enough time to complete your application. Try and get some ideas down quickly and be prepared to produce at least 3-4 drafts. Test out on colleagues too. Take advantage of any surgeries or pre application support that may be available from the grant making organisation
- Avoid the use of jargon or acronyms. Short, simple sentences are best. Quality not quantity is the order of the day. Only provide the supplementary information that is asked for.
- Check your budget carefully and make sure you can justify all your costs. Understand how each figure was arrived at. Ask for some help if necessary. You are likely to be asked questions about your budget at the assessment stage
- You are likely to be up against many other applications that ‘tick all the right boxes’ . Make your application stand out by emphasising what you consider to be the ‘special’ features of your proposal – being user led, attempting something new, working in partnership, building on success, that sort of thing
- If you are unsuccessful ask for feedback. This will help you next time…and there will be a next time because to stand the best chance of getting your project funded you will have to assume a success rate of 20% or less!