Apply for a break
The ScotSpirit Holiday Voucher Scheme is funded by Scottish Government and enables carers to enjoy a 2-3-night subsidised break or day out in Scotland. The scheme offers a contribution towards a holiday stay in hotels, campsites, bed and breakfast or day visit activities in Scotland until December 2022.
Due to exceptional demand we are putting a hold on applications from 21st February 2022. Applications may open up again in March dependent on funding. All breaks have to be taken by 31st December 2022.
The ScotSpirit Holiday Voucher Scheme (SSHVS) is focused on supporting individuals and families who have been particularly adversely affected by the impact of the pandemic, while at the same time providing financial support to the Scottish tourism sector.
Who can apply?
Applicants must be carers registered with Carers Link. The lead applicant must take the break and each household is only allowed to access one grant.
Priority will be given to carers who have not received grants for breaks in the past.
What does the grant cover?
The Scheme will enable carers to enjoy:
either a 2-3-night subsidised overnight break in a bed and breakfast, camping/holiday park, guest house, hotel or hostel in Scotland. There is an upper limit of £400 for breaks unless it is a family who needs to go during school holidays, when the limit will be £500. Please note that self-catering accommodation is not included in this scheme. If anyone wants to extend the break beyond 3 nights, then they need to make a separate booking and pay for it direct. One night stays may only be arranged at the discretion of the venue.
or a day trip to a visitor attraction in Scotland. There is an upper limit of £200.
There is a register of venues that have signed up to be part of the scheme which we will share with carers interested in applying.
The grant does not cover travel, additional meals or any incidental costs. If this is a challenge for carers, then Carers Link will look for other sources of funding to support the trips.
Who can go with the carer?
The carer can take a companion(s) of their choice. If the applicant is a young carer under the age of 16, a responsible adult must accompany them on the break.
Information on accessibility of venues is available and can be discussed with the carer as required.
How to apply
Read the guidance for applicants and then complete the application form on the website or call 0800 975 2131. A member of Carers Link staff will be in touch to give further information about the breaks and gather some more information to support the application.
Although priority is given to those who have not received grants for a break before, this should not preclude anyone from applying.
Booking the trip
A member of Carers Link staff will discuss what is available in the area at the time you wish to go and Carers Link will then book your chosen accommodation/venue.
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