On this page we bring together all the funds that individuals can apply to for money to pay for a short break that we come across when dealing with requests for information.
We try hard to keep this up to date and we check the details every six months, but criteria often change, and money is used up. Please always speak or write to the fund you are interested in for full up to date information.
Any project labelled ‘Time to Live’ and coloured orange is a project funded through the Creative Breaks Programme of the Short Breaks Fund.
You can either browse the whole list or use the filters below to focus your search.
Royal Scottish Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RSABI)
RSABI provides emotional and practical support as well as financial assistance to individuals and their families who work across the agricultural sector. This includes grants where a significant improvement in their quality of life, or that of their carers, can be achieved. Funds for a break will be considered as long as applicants meet the RSABI eligibility criteria. Please phone or visit the website for full criteria.
Phone: 0300 111 4166
Take a Break Scotland
Provides individual grants to help families with disabled or seriously ill children or young people (up to age 20) to have a personalised short break. The Fund is administered by the Family Fund on behalf of Scottish Government. This fund closed to applications on 18th June 2018.
Phone: 01904 571 093
The Adamson Trust
The purpose of the Trust is to provide assistance with the cost of holidays and/or respite breaks for young people aged 17 and under with either a physical or mental disability.
The Douglas Hay Trust
Small trust set up to aid physically disabled children under the age of 18 to help with holidays, education and computers. It also gives help with clothes, shoes and bedding.
Rank Cares Grants Programme
This partnership between Rank Group PLC and the Carers Trust arranges small grants for carers, registered at a Carers Trust Network Partner, to give access to short breaks, essential equipment needed at home to support caring responsibilities and skills and training courses.
Phone: 0300 1232008
The ACT Foundation
Up to £2,500 to ‘enhance the quality of life for people in need (specifically people living in poverty, those who have a physical and/or mental disability or the aged).’ Grants can be used for breaks at registered respite centres.
Phone: 01753 753900
Buttercup Children’s Trust
Grants for respite, holidays and travel expenses for children who ‘suffer from a wide range of life hindering illnesses including Leukaemia, The Deaf, The Blind, Cystic Fibrosis”.
Phone: 01274 405324
The League of Helping Hands
Depending on the available funds, from time-to-time one off payments are made for carer’s breaks. This enables a carer to take time out, away from their day-to-day situation. A carer may also choose to take the person they care for with them on a break.
Phone: 01444 236 099