Short Break Grant applications open year round

10th May 2024

  • Parents can now apply for the Short Break Grant at any point during the year and no longer have to spend the money by 31 March. This change was made after we advised the Council that many families struggled with the tight deadlines. You can apply for one short break grant in each financial year (1 April to 31 March).

    The purpose of the grant is to give parent carers a break from their additional caring responsibilities. You can apply for up to £400 per family.

    Who can apply?

    You can apply if you meet all of the following criteria:

    • Your child has a disability and receives a high rate component of DLA or an enhanced rate component of PIP*;
    • Your child is under 18 years of age;
    • You are in receipt of means-tested benefits OR your family household income** is less than £21,000 a year;
    • You do NOT already receive a short break service (e.g. SNIPS club or befriending, overnight respite) or a direct payment for this child;
    • You have NOT received a Short Break Grant in the past 12 months.

    *If your child does not receive high rate DLA or enhanced rate PIP you can still apply, but you will need a relevant professional who knows your child and your family to complete an additional form.

    **Your household income consists of the income from everyone, aged 18 and over, who lives in the household, and includes Child Tax Credits. DLA and PIP do NOT count as part of your household income.

    How to apply

    If you believe you are eligible, then your first step is to complete a Household Income Assessment by calling 0114 273 4567 (choose option 4, then option 6). Once your eligibility has been confirmed, download the application form and guidance notes from the council website.

    Do not send in an application until you have completed the Household Income Assessment. It will take around six weeks to process your application.

    More information

    For top tips on completing the application form, please see our article.

    If you have any queries or need help to apply, please contact SNIPS / Short Breaks Grant on 0114 236032 or email