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Short Breaks

Activity Fund

  Flexible use of the Activity Fund for children and young people with disabilities

Due to the current situation and restrictions in place, the way in which we offer the Activity Fund will be flexible. The Activity Fund usually provides £140 towards activities for eligible children and young people to take part in, each financial year. These activities include activities such as swimming sessions, annual passes, and activity clubs during term time and during school holidays. As these activities remain unavailable for the foreseeable future, we are offering alternative use of the Activity Fund until the usual activities can be accessed again.


Examples that may be agreed:
  • Toys/games
  • Exercise equipment
  • Bubble machine
  • Trampoline
  • Bicycle/trike/scooter
  • Electronic device
  • Online subscription
  • Online fitness class
  • Online course
  • Sensory lights
  • Musical instruments
  • Easel
  • Paddling pool

If you wish to request funding towards the cost of an electronic device, please specify the electronic device that you wish to purchase. If the electronic device is not specified (e.g. a laptop etc.), your application cannot be accepted.

Funding for tablets and laptops will be considered as they provide a variety of activity options for children and young people to enjoy for example social experiences, communication software, reading, learning across a wide range of subject areas, art and design functions, photography, etc. all of which are considered to be enriching short break activities. Funding for electronic sensory resources such as a bubble tube light will be considered as these types of devices provide sensory stimulation and enrichment for children and young people to enjoy which is considered to be a short break activity.

Funding for televisions, projectors, DVD players, games consoles, console games and accessories will not be considered for funding as they do not provide as many activity options as a laptop or tablet. The entertainment that these items offer  is not considered to be a short break activity due to the nature in which these activities take place. Also the level of enrichment that they are able to provide is unclear in comparison to the other electronic devices listed above. 

Full terms and conditions can be found in this letter: 

Download letter to parents re Activity Fund flexibility (pdf)


The Activity Fund pays for a child or young person with disabilities to attend an activity of their or the family's choice. This might be a mainstream or specialist out of school activity such as an after school, weekend or holiday club, a leisure activity such as swimming lessons, dance, football etc. The funding can also be used towards annual memberships e.g. a Merlin Pass.

You can apply between 1 April 2020 and 1 March 2021

See how other families have used Activity Funding (opens a new window)

What can’t the funding be used for?

It cannot be used for any kind of equipment, school trips, therapies or other health interventions, expenses such as transport, meals, the cost of other family member’s tickets etc. The funding cannot be used for an activity or holiday that has already happened (unless there is a valid reason for not applying beforehand).

Using Activity Funding for holidays

In certain circumstances, the funding could be used for a contribution towards a holiday for a child or young person or towards a family holiday.  Please see the Activity Fund application form for information on the criteria for funding towards holidays.

Who is eligible for funding?

  • The child/young person must live in the boroughs of Kingston or Richmond
  • The child/young person must have a diagnosed disability
  • The child/young person must be under 18 years of age

Who can apply for this funding?

The parent/carer the child/young person or a professional such as a Social Worker, Family Support Worker or school SENCO can complete the form on behalf of a parent/carer.

Is there a cap on funding?

The amount of funding available per child, per year (1 April to 31 March) is £140.

How is the activity paid for?

  • AfC will request an invoice from the provider. AfC will pay providers within 30 days of receiving an invoice
  • There are some providers who require payment to be made when booking. The Panel will look at these cases on an individual basis and may agree to the parent/carer making the payment to the provider when booking the activity and arrange to reimburse the parent/carer
  • If funding has been agreed towards an annual pass it may be possible to pay the funding direct to the parent/carer in order for the pass to be purchased.
  • When the parent/carer pays for the activities, the receipt/s for the activities must be provided to the Activity Fund Administrator. Failure to do so will mean funding cannot be claimed again
  • All reimbursements to parents/carers are subject to the 30 day AfC payment terms.

Apply for Activity Funding

Apply online and see the full terms and conditions: 

Activity Fund online application (opens a new window)

 If you cannot apply online, please call the Activity Fund Administrator on 020 8547 5562 or email