daniel boats.JPGBetter Breaks 2015 is now closed for applications.  Applicants will be notified of the Grants Panel decision week commencing 9th March 2015.

 The 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. 

What we want to achieve with the Better Breaks programme

The 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.

We are really keen to hear about proposals which will integrate disabled children better with mainstream community services and opportunities.

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. 

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.

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 visit the Short Break Stories website to read all the evaluation reports from projects funded over the last 18 months.

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 Scotland.  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


09/02/15: Better Breaks 2015 is now closed for applications.  Applicants will be informed of the Panel decision w/c 9th March 2015.

The deadline for applications is Friday 28th November at 12 noon 2014


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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 projects lasting up to 12 months:  our average grant is £24,000. A limited number of 2-year grants are available for eligible applications
  • Projects will take place between 1 April 2015 – 31 March 2016
  • Projects must benefit  disabled children and young people (aged 0-20) living in Scotland, and their carers
  • Projects should demonstrate consultation with families and 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 welcome.
  • 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 relevant equipment, such as specialist play equipment
  • Applications for large capital items or applications to replace statutory funding are not eligible for grant


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