£1.1m funding for short breaks projects for disabled children and young people and carers

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).

The Better Breaks programme funds a wide range of short breaks projects and services, including activities and breaks for:
• disabled children and young people without their carers
• families to enjoy together
• carers (adult/parent carers and/or young/sibling carers) without the child or young person they care for.

Short breaks projects and activities can include breaks away (including overnight stays and residential breaks), days out, and/or shorter sessions (including regular activities).

To be eligible for Better Breaks funding, projects must be able to evidence how their activities will benefit both disabled children and young people and their carers, by providing a break from their normal routine.

A total of about £1.1 million is available. Grants are for one year (April 2020 – March 2021). For full details, click here:

Can we apply?
This funding is for third sector (voluntary organisations) operating in Scotland. You do not have to be a registered charity to apply. However, your organisation must have a constitution that states your organisation’s purposes are solely charitable and that it delivers public benefit in achieving its purpose(s).
For full details on eligibility criteria, download guidance at the link above.

How do we apply?
To apply, visit the Better Breaks page on the website and download the application form, budget template and guidance for applicants. Completed applications should be sent to by 5pm on Thursday November 21 (late or incomplete applications will not be accepted).

Want to find out more?
Go along to an applicants’ workshops in Edinburgh, Glasgow or Ayrshire. Or join an interactive online workshop. To book your free place, visit the Better Breaks page on the website and follow the links. Alternatively, you can call in to discuss your application in more detail on one of the call in days (see the Better Breaks page for details).