back search


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 2015 and 31 March 2016. Please see the Short Breaks web pages for more details of grant rounds and closing dates.

Easter 2016: This school holiday falls partly in the 2015-16 financial year. To enable a smoother process for yourselves and for families, please include the whole of the Easter 2016 holiday in your over £5,000 grant application for 2015-16.

Grant criteria and eligibility

Who are short breaks for?

The grant is for children and young people who:

Many organisations provide short breaks including:

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

To be eligible for support the organisation must:

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 Short Breaks Grant Programme has adopted the Charity Commission’s reserves policy in this respect. The Charity Commission’s 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?

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:

What can't we fund?

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.

In this section…