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Supporting Scotland’s vibrant voluntary sector

Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations is the membership organisation for Scotland's charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises. Charity registered in Scotland SC003558. Registered office Mansfield Traquair Centre, 15 Mansfield Place, Edinburgh EH3 6BB.

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Shared Care Scotland - Short Breaks Fund: Better Breaks


Better Breaks is a funding programme of the Short Breaks Fund, operated by Shared Care Scotland on behalf of the National Carers Organisations and the Scottish Government. The purpose of the Short Breaks Fund is to increase the range, availability, and choice of short breaks for unpaid carers and those they care for across Scotland. The Better Breaks programme funds a wide range of short breaks projects and services, including activities and breaks for:

  • Disabled children and young people without their carers
  • Families to enjoy together
  • Young/sibling carers with the person they care for

Projects must be able to evidence how their activities will benefit both children and young people with disabilities and their carers, by providing a break from their normal routine. These breaks should increase opportunities for children and young people to engage in activities they enjoy, give carers a break from their caring role, and improve wellbeing for all involved.

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Geographical areas funded: Scotland

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Who can apply

This funding is for third sector (voluntary organisations) operating in Scotland. You do not have to be a registered charity to apply. However, your organisation must have a constitution that states your organisation’s purposes are solely charitable and that it delivers public benefit in achieving its purpose(s).

When to apply

Better Breaks usually opens for applications in the Autumn of each year for activities planned to start in Spring of the following year.

The next deadline is 5pm on 16 November 2023. You will be notified of the outcome by late March 2024. Grants will be issued to successful applicants in April 2024. Funded projects must be completed by 31 March 2025.

Next deadline: 16 Nov 2023

How to apply

Apply online via the Shared Care Scotland website.They strongly advise that you make use of the support available before submitting an application. Details of the free applicant workshops and phone in sessions are available on the website.

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Activites funded: Advice & information Befriending & mentoring Health care & wellbeing Respite & holidays

Beneficiaries funded: Carers Disabilities Young people

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