What can I apply for?

What can I apply for?

Grants can be used in lots of different ways that best suits your own family circumstances, such as:

  • A break away, weekend theatre break or city breaks
  • A break for the carer and the rest of the family while a disabled child is in respite care
  • Towards the costs of an extra carer when on an outing so a carer can relax
  • Entrance costs to theme parks, zoos or music festivals
  • Gym membership fees for the carer or the family
  • Travel costs
  • Camping equipment so a family can enjoy multiple short breaks
  • Dance or drama clubs, horse riding or swimming lessons
  • And much more.

You may be concerned about travelling both in the UK or overseas with the ongoing effects of Coronavirus, there are options on how you can use this grant.

You have 12 months to use the grant so can wait until you feel more at ease with taking a break.  Or you can use the grant for a range of other items that help support a break at home such as bikes, sports equipment, outdoor play or home entertainment, as long as you tell us what you use it for.

A Take a Break grant is awarded direct to a nominated bank account.  Our average award is between £250 to £300.

Take a Break cannot accept applications from organisations.  A grant cannot be used for:

  • Purchase of capital items, such as vehicles
  • Direct replacement of statutory funding
  • Retrospective grants for an item that has already been purchased or a break already arranged
  • Items that do not meet the principles of the grant fund which are to support carers or to provide support for disabled children and young people being cared for.

All grants are discretionary and subject to available funding.

If you are not sure the grant item or request meets these requirements, please get in touch with a member of the Take a Break team who will be happy to help.