The Short Break Fund is now open for applications to increase the range, availability, and choice of short breaks for carers and those they care for across Scotland.
Creative Breaks is a funding programme of the Short Breaks Fund, operated by Shared Care Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government.
The Creative Breaks programme provides 12-month grants to third sector organisation 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.
- A total of around £1 Million is available for the 2022 round of the Creative Breaks funding programme. Grants are for 12 months only. The funding period is 1 October 2022 – 30 September 2023 and all funded activity must take place within this period.
- Grants will be awarded in September 2022. The maximum grant award is £35,000, however please be aware that the average grant award in previous years has been around £13,000.
- If you are an unincorporated organisation, please note that the maximum grant that you can apply for is £10,000.
What can Creative Breaks grants be used for?
- Creative Breaks grants CAN be used for the direct costs that are clearly and directly incurred as a result of the project. For example:
- Contracted/permanent staff costs e.g., salaries, pension and National Insurance contributions, staff travel and subsistence. This can include staff involved in the delivery, management, administration, and support of the project. Please note: the Short Breaks Fund will not usually fully fund contracted or permanent staff posts where the costs are not associated with the delivery of the project.
- Sessional staff costs e.g., wages, pension and NI contributions, sessional staff travel and subsistence
- Volunteer costs e.g., travel expenses
- Training for staff or volunteers
- Transport costs
- Equipment required for the delivery of the project
- Office equipment or furniture required for the delivery of the project
- An appropriate and reasonable proportion of office costs directly associated with the project e.g., lighting, heating, rent, stationery, postage costs etc.
- An appropriate and reasonable proportion of indirect costs/overheads (those costs which are necessary for the organisation to operate, but do not relate specifically to one project).Typically, they include overall management, administration and support and premises costs that relate to the whole organisation. These costs are often also called indirect, core, centralor support costs.
- 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
- The Creative Breaks programme seeks to achieve three key outcomes. If you would like to apply for funding, you must show how your project will contribute directly to the achievement of at least two of these outcomes:
- Carers will have more opportunities to enjoy a life outside of their caring role
- Carers will feel better supported to sustain their caring role
- Carers and the people they care for will have improved wellbeing
- If you can answer ‘YES’ to the following four questions about your organisation, then you are eligible to apply for a Creative Breaks grant:
- Is your organisation a third sector (voluntary) organisation operating in Scotland?
- Is your organisation a registered charity OR a constituted organisation that has only charitable purpose(s) and that delivers public benefit?
- Does your organisation have all of the relevant registrations, policies and procedures required for your work in place (e.g., PVG checks, safeguarding, Care Inspectorate registration etc.)?
- Does your organisation have appropriate and effective governance and financial management arrangements, and a bank account in the name of the organisation that requires at least two signatories?
- Eligible organisations can apply for more than one grant, provided the projects are in different local authority areas and/or for different groups of beneficiaries. However, please be realistic about making multiple applications as the fund is likely to be very oversubscribed.
- They welcome applications from organisations and projects that are currently or have previously been funded by Creative Breaks and/or other Short Breaks Fund programmes, as well as from organisations that are new to the fund. Their assessors will consider your past performance when reviewing your application.
- They also welcome applications from organisations that have previously made unsuccessful applications to the fund. Please take any previous feedback from them into account if reapplying for funding.
For more information, visit https://www.sharedcarescotland.org.uk/creativebreaks/