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For children and young people with disabilities and/or additional needs

Short Breaks Funding

For some children and young people with disabilities and/or additional needs, additional support, training or resources may be needed for them to participate in an activity that provides a short break to parents/carers.. This could be because of the higher costs to run a specialist scheme; or funding to enable a mainstream activity provider to include the child/young person. There are different types of grants available, please read the summary below and contact the Short Breaks team if you need any advice about our funding and we will be happy to discuss with you.

How to Apply: Applications should be made to Hampshire County Council using the electronic application form (or by requesting a paper form from the Short Breaks Team). For all information about how to apply for Hampshire County Council Children’s Services grants please go to the grants homepage. When applying for a grant please make sure you select the correct department, grant stream, and correct financial year from the drop down menu.

Below is a short summary of the types of funding available and the dates for applications. Please read the full information about eligibility at the grants homepage before applying to Short Breaks.

If you are eligible to apply, please always use the Guidance notes for Short Breaks grants when completing your application.

1. Short Breaks For Disabled Children - larger grants for 2015-16: over £5,000 for activities from 1 April 2015 – 31 March 2016

For activities taking place between 1 April 2015 and 31 March 2016: Open for applications from 9am on Friday 23 January; and closes at the end of Sunday 15 February 2015.

Local panels will be held and you will receive a recommendation email about your grant application during the first week of March. Please note that these grants are subject to final approval by the Lead Councillor for Children on 25 March 2015.

A grant available to organisations who provide any type of short breaks activities - out of school hours activities, play schemes/youth clubs for children and young people with disabilities and/or additional needs. (This will include grants previously applied for as “Inspiring You” grants). Organisations might be specialist providers of services for children with disabilities; or providers of activities for all children who want to include children with disabilities and additional needs. Activities / events can be a series of sessions, for example a weekly sports coaching session for 10 weeks, or a one-off event aimed at raising awareness of provision or services.

Supplementary questions: If you are applying for multiple projects within one grant application, these are the two Supplementary Questions documents you need to include along with your online application.

Supplementary questions form (Qs 8b, 9) Microsoft Word 32kB

Financial supplementary questions form (Q12) Microsoft Word 91kB

If you deliver projects across several areas of Hampshire, please make sure you send a separate application for each geographical area. Please phone the Short breaks team to discuss if needed.

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 large grant application for 2015-16.

2. Short Breaks For Disabled Children grants - (including Inspiring You): up to £5,000

For activities taking place between 1 April 2014 and 31 March 2015: Open for applications throughout the year up to and including 27 February 2015.

For activities taking place between 1 April 2015 and 31 March 2016: Open for applications throughout the year, starting from Friday 27 February 2015.

Applications are reviewed usually on a fortnightly basis throughout the year.

A grant available (maximum amount of £4,999) to organisations who provide any type of short breaks activities - out of school hours activities, play schemes/youth clubs for children and young people with disabilities and/or additional needs. (This will include grants previously applied for as “Inspiring You” grants). Organisations might be specialist providers of services for children with disabilities; or providers of activities for all children who want to include children with disabilities and additional needs. Activities / events can be a series of sessions, for example a weekly sports coaching session for 10 weeks, or a one-off event aimed at raising awareness of provision or services.

Supplementary questions: If you are applying for multiple projects within one grant application, these are the two Supplementary Questions documents you need to include along with your online application.

Supplementary questions form (Qs 8b, 9) Microsoft Word 32kB

Financial supplementary questions form (Q12) Microsoft Word 91kB

3. Support for Individuals - to support individuals to participate in mainstream/inclusive activities (up to £5,000)

For activities taking place between 1 April 2014 and 31 March 2015: Open for applications throughout the year up to and including 27 February 2015.

For activities taking place between 1 April 2015 and 31 March 2016: Open for applications throughout the year, starting from Friday 27 February 2015.

Applications are reviewed usually on a fortnightly basis throughout the year.

Support for individuals funding has been made available to help out-of-school activity providers meet individual children’s requirements. This funding is to help towards the additional costs that providers may have in order to fully and successfully include children and young people with disabilities and/or additional needs. Examples might include support that enables a child to join an after-school sports club at a leisure centre, or their local Brownies/Cub Scouts.

The child/ren you are applying for will need to have a Gateway Card indicating their eligibility for the short breaks scheme and the number should be included in the application form. Please go to Gateway Card for more information.

To apply please follow these 3 simple steps:

1) Go to the grants homepage and make sure you select Support for Individuals from the drop down menu; and select the correct financial year for when your activity will be taking place.

2) Please always read the background information and guidance notes for Short Breaks Support for Individuals grants when completing your application. The Short Breaks Team will be happy to help if you wish to contact us.

3) Complete the application form and submit.

Please note, if you are a childcare provider (e.g. a childminder, nursery or pre-school), please also discuss the individual child/young person's needs with your local Area Inclusion Coordinator before applying to Short Breaks. Area Inclusion Coordinators can also advise about appropriate support and funding. More information about this service can be found at the Inclusion Co-ordinator pages or phone 01962 847070 to find out contact details for your local Area Inclusion Coordinator.

Short Breaks team - Phone: 01962 846399    Email: shortbreaks@hants.gov.uk

 

Gateway Card

Information for activity providers about the Gateway Card

Parent participation

  • Parent Voice - a network of parents and carers of children and young people with disabilities and/or additional needs to provide you with information and advice.