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Hampshire County Council Grants

Short Breaks Activities - Support for Individuals

‘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.

Support For Individuals: It has been identified that for some children and young people with disabilities and/or additional needs to attend mainstream activities, higher costs can be incurred as their personal requirements may be more than most. This funding is to help towards the additional costs that settings may have in order to fully and successfully include individual children and young people with disabilities and/or additional needs.

When to apply

Grants are available to fund Support for Individuals for activities taking place between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019.

Grant criteria and eligibility

Many Support for Individuals applications will be under £1000, but some may be over this. Please note that there is a £4999.99 limit on any Support For Individuals grants, this means that applications that total more than this over the financial year will not be supported. For example if you are submitting multiple applications over the year then they must not total more than £4999.99.

We are currently experiencing some technical issues with the online grant application form, whereby the team are not notified of your application. Could we kindly request that once your application has been submitted, you email to inform the team of your application. This will ensure it is processed within a timely manner. Please do not hesitate to contact the team if you have any questions.

Who can apply ?

Any recreation and leisure activity provider (including sports, outdoors, arts or cultural activities) working to meet the needs of individual children and young people with disabilities/ additional needs.

Please note, Short Breaks for Disabled Children funding cannot be used to fund childcare for working parents. If you are a childcare provider (e.g. a child-minder or nursery), please also discuss the individual child/young person's needs with your local Area Inclusion Coordinator who can also advise about appropriate support and funding.

Organisations need to agree to the conditions of any grant, including the monitoring information requested by the Short Breaks team. (The Grant Agreement form will be sent once the funding has been approved). The organisation needs to ensure the provision of the highest quality activities and opportunities for the children and young people.

Organisations must have:

What sort of activities can this funding be used for?

The grant is for children and young people who:

What is funded

What isn’t funded

Financial eligibility

Do parents/carers still pay for the child or young person to do the activity?

How will decisions be made on which applications are funded?

We would like to support as many individuals as possible to access supported activities, provided that we are satisfied that the activity provider:

Support for Individuals activities will usually take place up to once a week/fortnight or sometimes more during holidays, sometimes up to three sessions a week.

If all individuals listed in your application have registered for their Gateway Card and the costs requested to meet their individual requirements appear ‘reasonable’ then it is likely your application will be approved. If the panel has any queries regarding your application we will contact you for more information.

Next steps

Below are the proposed dates for the grant panel to discuss and award funding for Short Breaks grant applications. Please also note that the grant application process will be closed for a week prior to the panel date to ensure that the team has ample time to prepare for the panel and collate all the necessary information from Providers.

If you are likely to be submitting multiple applications throughout the year then please where applicable consider putting the whole years grant funding into one application. The team will also not be able to consider retrospective funding so please make sure that all applications are submitted in a timely manner.

Please remember to include the following information; otherwise this will delay the approval/payment of your grant:

The Short Breaks Team are always available to offer guidance on possible funding applications so please do give us a ring or drop us an email.


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.

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Contracts & Grants Team
Integrated Procurement, Commissioning & Placement Service
Children's Services Department
Hampshire County Council
Elizabeth II Court North (3rd Floor)
The Castle, Winchester, Hampshire, 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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