Who can apply

Take a Break Scotland 2022-2023 applications were open from Tuesday 3 May 2022, to Monday 20 June 2022.  We can no longer accept any applications for this year.

Applicants will receive a decision email or letter, from week commencing Monday 11 July 2022.  You will not receive a decision before this date.

As grant funding is limited, priority will be given to carers who have not received a grant before and those who missed out last year.


Who can apply?

Take a Break Scotland can accept applications from a parent or carer of a disabled child or young person.  If you care for multiple disabled children or young people, we encourage you to apply for all children as part of your application.

We can only accept one application per household or family unit.

If you can say ‘yes’ to statements below, Take a Break may be able to offer a grant:

  • I have lived in Scotland continuously for six months or longer
  • I am a UK resident
  • I am caring for a disabled or seriously ill child or young person aged 0-20 years who lives at home with me
  • My child or or young person is not looked after by the Local Authority and accommodated away from home (e.g. in foster care)

Please also read our eligibility criteria.


Applying for the first time

If you want to apply for the first time, you must send us supporting information with your application.  This can be any one of the following:

  • The most recent copy of your child’s education/learning plan, showing the support they are given at an early learning or childcare setting, school, college or similar.
  • Co-ordinated Support Plan (CSP), Additional Support Plan (ASP) or Individual Education Plan (IEP) Wellbeing Plan or Getting it Right for Every Child Plan or similar.
  • A letter from a school (or similar) outlining your child’s current additional support needs and level of support needed.
  • A recent diagnostic or review report or education psychologist assessment, health and social care support plan, communication passport or similar.
  • A supporting letter from a third-party practitioner who knows your child and can confirm their additional support needs and type of support they need.