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Hampshire County Council Grants

Short Breaks for Disabled Children

‘Short Breaks’ is a programme aimed at improving services for children with disabilities and/or additional needs, by offering positive out-of-school activities and will build on what was previously called the ‘Aiming High for Disabled Children Programme’. Provision of Short Breaks for carers of disabled children is a statutory duty since April 2011 under The Breaks for Carers Regulations 2011.

The Hampshire County Council Short Breaks programme will:

Short Breaks come in all shapes and sizes, lasting from a few hours to a day or an evening, and provide a positive experience for all. They could:

When to apply

Grants are available to fund projects that deliver between 1 April 2016 and 31 March 2017. Please see the Short Breaks web pages for more details of grant rounds and closing dates.

Easter 2017: This school holiday falls within the 2017-18 financial year so should not form part of your application. (Easter school holiday 2016 falls partly within 2015-16 and partly within 2016-17 financial years and most current activity providers will have already received short breaks grant funding to cover the Easter school holiday 2016).

Grant criteria and eligibility

Who are short breaks for?

The grant is for activity providers who support disabled children and young people who:

Many organisations provide short breaks including:

Any sports, arts, play/leisure or cultural activity provider can apply for funding, subject to the criteria below.

To be eligible for support the organisation must:

Be able to explain exactly how their project will provide a Short Break for parents/carers. The primary purpose of the Short Breaks legal duty is to ensure a break for carers, to help them continue to care for their children at home and allow them to do so more effectively.

(Hampshire County Council will not award a grant to an organisation that does not hold, or is not willing to obtain the required level of insurance following risk assessment, irrespective of advice given to organisations by third parties).

Financial eligibility

Organisations will not normally be eligible for grants where they hold unallocated reserves in excess of one year's running costs, or where it is judged that these reserves are unreasonably in excess of what is required or not allocated for legitimate purposes.

The Children’s Services Grant Programme has adopted the Charity Commission’s reserves policy in this respect, although this will apply to all organisations, not just charities, who are requesting short breaks funding.

The Charity Commission definition of reserve is:

Income funds that are freely available for its general (unrestricted) purposes. "Reserves" are therefore the resources the organisation has or can make available to spend, for any or all of the charity's purposes, once it has met its commitments and covered its other planned expenditure. It is not yet spent, committed or designated.

What can we fund?

We require a range of provision in local areas that will include the following priorities:

Parent representatives are involved in the majority of recommendations about grant funding for short breaks activities. In the current financial climate it is even more essential that projects or organisations applying for funding are able to demonstrate cost effective ways of delivering the priorities outlined above.

Grants can only be given towards the costs of running your activity or event when these are additional and reasonable costs necessary to meet specific requirements of Gateway card holders, for example:

1:1 (or higher) staffing ratios will only be funded where this is necessary and evidence of need is provided.

What can't we fund?

Further information:


If successful, organisations will be required to sign a grant agreement and submit quarterly monitoring information in the required format including:

We will provide full information and instructions separately once an award has been agreed. We may also visit providers while activities are taking place.

Apply now Application guidance notes and online form



The Short Breaks Team
Children's Services
1st Floor Elizabeth II Court North
The Castle
Winchester SO23 8UG

Telephone 01962 846399


The team can provide guidance on the suitability of projects, and we will aim to support organisations to apply for a grant wherever possible.

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