Creative Breaks

Open for applications from third sector organisations operating in Scotland.

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 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.

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Creative Breaks Application Form 2015

Creative Breaks Guidance 2015

The closing date for applications is at Noon on 8th May 2015

What do we want to fund?

We want to fund projects that can make a difference to carers of adults, carers of older people, kinship carers, young carers and young adult carers.

You can apply for a grant either to develop short break services or for funding to establish 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 2015.

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.

The Better Breaks programme will open for applications in the Autumn 2015.

Can we help you?

We want you application to succeed! Here’s how we can help:

  • Download and read our Application Guidance 2015
  • 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, Paisley, Aberdeenshire, South Lanarkshire, 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 you can call on our phone-in days.

  • Wednesday 15th April
  • Tuesday 21st April

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.