daniel boats.JPGThe purpose of Better Breaks is to develop responsive and creative short break opportunities for disabled children and young people, and their families.

We particularly want to improve short break opportunities for disabled children and young people with additional multiple support needs.

Application Packs for funding for the Better Breaks 2015 - 2016 programme will be available in the autumn.

The Better Breaks Programme is funded by the Scottish Government as part of their commitment to the development of Short Breaks for the benefit of disabled children and young people, and their carers.

Who can apply?

Third sector (voluntary) organisations working in Scotland can apply for a grant to develop short break opportunities for disabled children and young people (aged 0-20) and their carers.  Local authorities and Health authorities cannot lead applications but could be partners in an application led by a voluntary group. We are really keen to hear about proposals which will integrate disabled children better with mainstream community services and opportunities.

Make the most of your application

Experience from previous rounds has shown that organisations are significantly more likely to have successful applications after attending a workshop.   So please come along to one of our free workshops and gain advice about your application. To book a place click on the date of the workshop you are interested in and you will be taken to the Eventbrite booking website.

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Want to know more?

If you have a specific question please look at our FAQ section,  phone the Shared Care Scotland office on 01383 622462 or email: 

Funded projects

Click here to see all projects that have received funding through the Short Breaks Fund including the Better Breaks programme.

You can see some of the services that have been funded previously in these short clips.

About the Short Breaks Fund

The Short Breaks Fund, including the Better 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 Creative Breaks programme which provides funding to improve the range and availability of short breaks for adults with care needs and their carers, for young carers and for kinship carers.

Better Breaks is a funding programme to improve the provision of, and access to, quality short breaks for disabled children and their families, especially where children and young people have multiple support needs.  Funded by the Scottish Government and divided into two grant making programmes - one administered by Shared Care Scotland and the other by the Family Fund.

Funding for carers and the people they care for

Direct funding for families is available through The Family Fund. Their programme is called Take a Break.  Eligible families in Scotland, caring for disabled children and young people, will be able to apply directly to the Fund for financial help to arrange a short break.  More information on how to apply for this funding can be found at:



Funding breaks for people with care needs and their carers

sbs-logo 310.png  A collection of stories and reports from people and projects funded by the Short Breaks Fund 

Making good practice common practice


28/02/14: The Better Breaks Grants Panel is meeting on the 11th March to allocate funding.  Projects will be notified of their decision w/c 17th March.

The next round of Better Breaks funding will open for applications in the autumn. 

11/12/2013: If you have submitted an application to this round of Better Breaks (closing date 12 noon today) then you should receive an acknowledgement email within the next 2 days.  Emails will be sent to the named lead on the project application form.  If you don't receive an acknowledgement email please contact Amanda Moffat on 01383 622462.

01/10/2013: The Better Breaks programme is now open for applications. Please see the guidance for full details.

01/10/2013: Application workshop dates now fixed for October and November. Book your place using the links in the left hand column.


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Download the latest evaluation report into previously funded projects by clicking on the image above.

Better Breaks at a glance

  • Applicants can apply for up to £50,000 for one year project funding
  • Projects will take place between 1 April 2014 – 31 March 2015
  • Projects must be for  disabled children and young people (aged 0-20) living in Scotland, and their carers
  • Projects should be designed to improve the range and/or availability of short break provision for this group
  • Voluntary organisations working within Scotland are eligible to apply; partnership applications with statutory authorities are also eligible.
  • Organisations new to the fund as well as organisations that have previously applied to the fund may apply
  • Applicants can apply for revenue funding and funding for equipment associated with the project
  • Funding for large capital items or funding to replace statutory funding will not be considered

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