The Creative Breaks funding programme is now open for applications, with a total of £1 million available to fund short breaks projects for carers and the people they care for.
The Creative Breaks programme provides 12 month grants to third sector groups and organisations to develop and deliver short breaks projects and services for carers of adults (aged 21 years old and over), young carers (caring for children or adults), and the people that they care for.
Short breaks activities can take many different forms, including:
- breaks away (ie. overnight stays, residential breaks)
- days out
- shorter sessions (ie. 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 (eg. 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.
Applicants do not have to be a registered charity, but must have a constitution stating their organisation or group’s purposes are solely charitable and that it delivers public benefit in achieving its purpose(s). Full eligibility criteria is available in the application guidance, available to view or download as a pdf document (linked for your convenience).
The deadline for applications is 5pm on Thursday 20th May. Grants are for one year (October 2022 – September 2023). Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.