About the Short Breaks Fund
Short Breaks Fund
The Short Breaks Fund aims to increase the range and availability of short breaks across Scotland
The Short Breaks Fund provides grants to third sector organisations that support unpaid carers to take a break from their caring role. Shared Care Scotland operates three of the Short Breaks Fund programmes on behalf of the National Carers Organisations and the Scottish Government. These are funded on an annual, rolling basis.
The Better Breaks programme provides 12-month grants to third sector organisations to develop and deliver short breaks projects and services for disabled children and young people (aged 20 and under), and their carers (adult carers and/or young carers).
This programme opens for applications in October each year.
The Short Breaks Fund is vital to us. Without it many of our service users and their carers would not take part in any holiday activities or have respite. The application and reporting is clear and user-friendly, and the team always helpful.The DASH CLUB
The Creative Breaks programme provides 12-month grants to third sector organisations to develop and deliver short breaks projects and services for carers of adults (aged 21 years and over), young carers (caring for children or adults), and those that they care for.
This programme opens for applications in April each year.
Time to Live
The Time to Live programme provides grant funding to carers organisations (usually carers centres) to develop and deliver micro grants schemes for carers of adults (aged 21 years and over), and young carers. TTL enables carers to access funds and support to help them take short breaks that meet their needs. This programme is not open to unsolicited applications.
A fourth Short Breaks Fund programme, Take a Break Scotland, is administered by Family Fund, on behalf of the Scottish Government. Take a Break Scotland provides direct grants to families of children and young people with disabilities (aged 20 and under) to support personalised leisure activities or holiday breaks.