Disabled Children and Young People Short Break Activities Grants
Grants are available from £500 to to £49,999 for short breaks day activities for disabled children and young people who have a range of abilities and needs. Projects funded by these grants will need to run between 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2020.
For the purpose of the grant, the definition of disability is taken from the Children and Families Act 2014 (section 20):
- a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age or,
- a disability which prevents or hinders him or her from making use of facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age, in mainstream schools or mainstream post 16 institutions.
This will include children and young people who have:
- learning disability
- D/deafness or hearing impairment
- blindness or visual impairment
- neurodevelopmental disorders e.g. autism
- life limiting or life threatening conditions e.g. Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
The grants will contribute to short break projects for Kent disabled children and young people under the age of 19.
Parents of disabled children and young people have told us that they would like the short breaks to be:
- a service they have confidence in
- available during the school summer holidays.
Therefore, we are looking for service/ activities to be available during the school holiday period, and some activities being offered during term time.
The activities supported by this grants will:
- acknowledge the needs of parent/ carers who would be unable to continue to care or care more effectively unless breaks from caring were available to them
- ensure that disabled children and young people are supported to optimise their physical and emotional wellbeing whilst having fun and being safe
- give children and young people opportunities to develop new skills to support independence within their local community.
Grants are not provided to fund holidays.