Apply online

Please note: 2024 applications are now closed. Thank you for your interest in Take a Break Scotland.

All applicants will hear from us by email or letter with an award decision by Friday 12 July 2024. Please remember to check your junk mail regularly.

The application process

You can apply for a Take a Break grant if you are the parent of carer of a disabled child or young person aged 0 to 20, and you meet our eligibility criteria.

Applications closed at 5:00pm on Monday 24 June 2024.

Please include as much detail in your application as you can, to help our teams process your application and make an eligibility decision quickly.

  1. Please check you are eligible before you apply.
  2. Gather as many supporting documents as you can before starting your application. Supporting documents like:
  • The most recent copy of your child’s education/learning plan, showing the support they are given at 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.

3. Register for an application. When you register, please wait up to 20 minutes to receive the automated email from us with your login details.

4. Complete your application online, and upload supporting documents.

5. You should receive a confirmation email within 30 minutes of submitting your application. Please contact us if you do not receive one (please remember to check junk mail first as this is an automated email).

Get help with applying online

To help with the application process we have created a handy interactive guide. This online guide provides information about the Take a Break fund, including what you can apply for and who is eligible to make an application, and how to make your application.

We’ve included tips to help you with your application and step by step guidance on how to complete this online. It includes some screenshots of the online application form so you can see what it looks like before you apply.

To help our teams process your application and make a grant decision quickly, please include as much detail in your application as you can, so they can understand how a break from your caring duties is so important.

What to do if you can’t apply online

Applying online through our portal is the quickest and easiest way to make an application. Online applications take less time to process, so you may receive your grant decision more quickly.

If you are not able to apply online, you can download an application pack and post the completed form and supporting documents back to us. If you are unable to print an application pack, you can request for an application pack to be posted to you and should receive this within 10 working days.

Please be aware that it takes time for paper application forms to be entered onto our system, and for the grant assessment process to begin.

If you choose to apply using a paper application form, please make sure you post it back to us in good time. Any applications received after Monday 24 June 2024 cannot be considered for a grant.

Application terms and conditions

See our Take a Break Scotland terms and conditions and data protection statement.