The purpose of the Creative Breaks Grant Programme is 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 2014 Programme

The Creative Breaks 2014 funding programme is now closed for applications.  Applications are now being assessed and will go before the Grants Panel in August with all projects notified of decisions by the end of August.

The Creative Breaks programme is funded by the Scottish Government as part of their commitment to the development of Short Breaks for the benefit of carers and those they care for.

The latest round of the Creative Breaks programme will distribute around £1m of grants to third sector organisations for the provision of breaks. The funding will be available from October 2014 to September 2015.

We expect to open the Creative Breaks 2015 grants programme in Spring 2015 for projects commencing September/October 2015. 

Better Breaks will open for applications in the Autumn 2014.

Who Can Apply?

The fund is available to third sector organisations operating in Scotland.  Applicants do not have to be registered with OSCR but must have charitable objectives and your constitution must be capable of passing the charities test.  Organisations need to demonstrate effective governance arrangements including financial controls.

Making 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.

Details of funding workshops will be listed here when the next round is launched.  We will also publish dates that people can phone in to speak to the Grants Manager and discuss their potential application.  

Creative Breaks will fund projects which aim to improve short break opportunities for:

  • Carers of adults (age 21 and older) and those they care for
  • Carers of older people (age 65+) and those they care for
  • Kinship carers and those they care for
  • Young carers and young adult carers and those they care for adults with support needs and their carers

For further information about the groups we particularly want to support in this round, refer to our guidance for applicants.

We expect most grants to be in the region of £5,000 to £50,000, although smaller or larger applications will be considered.

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

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. 



Funding breaks for disabled children, young people and their families

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: Creative Breaks 2015 will open for applications in March 2015 for projects commencing September/October 2015.  

16/5/2014: The Creative Breaks Programme has now closed. Applicants in the current round will be notified of the outcome by the end of August 2014.


Grants Advisory Panel

Frequently Asked Questions


Application Forms for 2015 will be available here soon.

Bitesized Evaluation Report for Round 2 Projects

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Evaluation Report of Round 2 Projects

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 Executive Summary of Evaluation of Round 1 Projects



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