About this funding
Better Breaks is a funding programme of the Short Breaks Fund, operated by Shared Care Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government. The purpose of the Short Breaks Fund is to increase the range, availability and choice of short breaks for carers and those they care for across Scotland. The Short Breaks Fund aims to make a lasting positive impact to carers and the people that they care for, to funded organisations, and to wider short breaks policy and practice.
The Better Breaks programme provides 12 month grants to third sector organisations to develop and deliver short breaks projects and services for children and young people with disabilities (aged 20 and under), and their carers (adult and/or young carers).
The Better Breaks programme funds a wide range of short breaks projects and activities. These can include breaks away (i.e. overnight stays, residential breaks), days out, and/or shorter regular activities and sessions. The activities can be for children and young people with disabilities (aged 20 and under), for their carers, or for families to enjoy together.
To be eligible for Better Breaks funding, projects must be able to evidence how their activities will benefit both children and young people with disabilities (aged 20 and under) and their carers, by providing a break from their normal routine. These breaks should increase opportunities for children and young people with disabilities to engage in activities they enjoy, give carers a break from their caring role, and improve wellbeing for all involved.
Current funding round
The 2020-2021 round of Better Breaks closed on 21 November 2019. Over 100 applications were received and these are now being processed, ready to be sent to our independent assessors. The grants panel will meet early spring and successful applicants will be notified shortly after. The next round of Better Breaks will open in autumn 2020.
Currently funded projects
You can view a list of projects that are currently funded by Better Breaks by visiting our ‘funded projects’ page: https://www.sharedcarescotland.org.uk/funded-projects/
Previously funded projects
All end of grant reports from previously funded projects can be viewed via our Short Break Stories website: http://shortbreakstories.org.uk/type/better-breaks/
You can download a copy of the 2016-17 Better Breaks annual snapshot report here: https://www.sharedcarescotland.org.uk/shortbreaksfund/snapshot-publications/