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Short Break Grant Funds 2013-14

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The Short Breaks for Disabled Children Grant Fund from the Bradford and District Metropolitan District Council is now available to groups who provide services and support to disabled children, young people and their families. This fund is administered and delivered by Bradford and District Community Empowerment Network Limited, on behalf of the Council.

Funding is designed to enable organisations working with disabled children and young people up to the age of 19 years, across Bradford District, to improve the quality of short break provision. Short Breaks provide disabled children and young people opportunities to learn new skills, socialise with peers, and have fun and enjoyable experiences with or without their parents. At the same time their family can have a break from their caring role.

This funding will cover the provision of Short Breaks during school holidays, weekends and after school, aimed particularly at those children & young people who commonly fail to access such activities because of a shortage of services. Priority will be given to applications for school holiday provision and activities for fun for families. The grant must be used to provide additional places for short breaks and cannot be used to fund existing provision. We are particularly looking for new, creative and innovative ways to engage disabled children and young people and to allow them to have fun.

It may fund, for example, worker time, transport, activity costs, venue hire, and a contribution to overheads. The aim is to have a flexible grant that gives children and young people enjoyable experiences away from their primary carers, thereby contributing to their personal and social isolation; and also gives parents and families a necessary and valuable break from caring responsibilities.

Services that have previously accessed funding through this process that have not adhered to the funding requirements will not be eligible to apply for this fund e.g. failing to return monitoring on time, dealing satisfactorily with any complaints received, etc.

Between £1000 and £5,000 is available per organisation and the grant must be spent by end of February 2014. The closing date for receipt of applications is 12.00 noon, Thursday, 16th May 2013.

Application forms and guidelines are available below

For further details on all the above funds please contact:

Abdul H Ismail, CNet Grants & Commissioning Officer,

Tel: 01274 305045 Fax: 01274 304432

Email: abdul@cnet.org.uk

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