Creative Breaks

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£5,025,628 – 345 projects – 12,684 carers

“I had the chance for the whole family to get together and have good fun.  The weans loved it and it made me feel really good that we could do this all together.”


Creative Breaks provides funding to organisations to develop short break opportunities for carers of adults with care needs, young carers and kinship carers. It opens for applications in the Spring each year.

The purpose of Creative Breaks is to make a difference to the lives of carers and the people they care for, improving their quality of life and well-being, and supporting the caring relationship. The fund particularly wants to make a difference to people who most need support. This may include carers who have a substantial caring role, carers who are less likely to access current support or carers whose needs are not met by current models of service provision.


Apply now

Open for applications from third sector organisations operating in Scotland.

Click here to Apply Now.  Closing date – 8th May at Noon


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.


Funding for carers and the people they care for

You can search our funding directory for charitable trusts and other small grants programmes for families to have a break from their caring routine.


“The respite period is huge for me: it is a real breath of fresh air”


About the Short Breaks Fund

Creative Breaks provides funding to organisations to develop short break opportunities for carers of adults with care needs, young carers and kinship carers.

The Short Breaks Fund, including the Creative Breaks programme, is managed by the National Carer Organisations through Shared Care Scotland, on behalf of the Scottish Government. The Short Breaks Fund also incorporates the Better Breaks programme which provides funds 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.