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£1.1 M funding for short breaks projects for carers and the people they care for: APPLY NOW

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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), and young carers (caring for children or adults), and the people that they care for.

Short breaks activities can take many different forms – including breaks away (i.e., overnight stays, residential breaks), days out, and/or shorter sessions (i.e., regular activities). Activities must be designed to enable carers to have a life outside or alongside their caring role, and to support their health and wellbeing. Short breaks should also benefit the cared-for person and others (e.g., family members) and help sustain the caring relationship.

Short break activities can be for the carers, for the people they care for, or for both the carers and the cared-for people to enjoy together. To be eligible for Creative Breaks funding, projects must be able to evidence how their activities will benefit both the carers and the people they care for, by providing a break from their normal routine.

A total of around £1.1 Million is available. Grants are for one year (October 2024–September 2025).
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 our guidance here

How do we apply?
To apply, visit the Creative Breaks page on our website and read through the guidance, download the budget template and access the online application form.
Completed applications should be submitted by 5pm on Thursday 23rd May 2024 (late or incomplete applications will not be accepted)
Help available!
The Short Breaks Fund team is here to help. We strongly recommend that you take advantage of the support available to help you develop the strongest possible application.
We are delivering two workshops’ sessions on-line, please book a place on one of our sessions which will be run via TEAMS. For dates and times of these sessions please visit the Creative Breaks page on our website.

Alternatively, you can call in to discuss your application in more detail during one of our phone-in sessions.
Full details of our workshops and call-in days are available on the Creative Breaks page.