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Short Breaks Capital Grants Funding 2016 now Closed

31 August 2016

Introduction to parent bids

Hackney Council’s small capital grants fund is to provide a one off grant to parent and carers that have a child registered and accessing short breaks. This can be used to purchase a piece of equipment to enhance their child’s short break.

What is capital funding?

Capital funding is money spent on the purchase or improvement of fixed assets such as buildings and equipment. You can buy a piece of equipment such as a trampoline, computer, bike, musical instrument etc. or to enhance something existing such as adaptations to the home, apps for a computer, etc. The maximum amount you can bid for is up to £250 and we would expect your purchase to last for more than 12 months. Please note that once you have purchased the item you are responsible for all repairs, Insurance and maintenance. Hackney council will not cover this. One bid is allowed per child.

How does it work?

• Any parent with a disabled child known to short breaks can place a bid.

• You will need to complete the application form telling us what it is, how much you would like and how it will improve short breaks for your child. *Please remember that decisions are made depending on the information that has been provided on the form, therefore it is important that you provide as much information as possible. Bids without a quote and/or photocopy / Print out / link of product will NOT be considered!

Where can I get an application form?

You can  down load a form here: capital bid form 2016 mock application pick one up from the Hackney Learning Trust, 1 Reading Lane, London E8 1GQ. Or the Resource Centre at Hackney Ark, Downs Park Road, London E8 2HY.

What happens once I have placed my bid?

A panel of parents and carers will go through the bids along with the short breaks Coordinator and decide who has been successful, please make sure you add lots of information so that we can consider your bid.

Interested in sitting on the parent panel?

We need a group of parents to sit on the Capital Panel with the short breaks coordinator to go through and decide on bids. In return for your time you will receive, a light lunch, a certificate to say you participated in a panel and vouchers to say thank you from the team. If you are interested, please contact the team on 020 8356 6797 / 6797 or

Capital bid application forms need to be completed and returned to us before 30th September 2016 at 12pm. Forms can be dropped off at the Hackney Learning Trust, 1 Reading Lane, E8 1GQ. You can place you bids in the Short Breaks Box which is located on the 2nd floor reception. Please ensure that all supporting information/ quotes are securely attached to your child’s application.